Horses grazing on a farm in bluegrass country at sunset
Biking through the forest on a Barren River Lake trail
View of 'The Greatest' exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville
Light and shadow interplay in Mammoth Cave
Drawing the crowds at ROMP Music Festival
White-water rafting to the base of Cumberland Falls
Running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville
Farm-fresh cuisine at Snug Hollow Bed & Breakfast in Irvine
Touring the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles
Having a blast on a houseboat on Lake Cumberland
- Major Airports:
- Blue Grass Airport/Lexington (LEX)
Welcome to the State of Kentucky
The words “horses” and “Kentucky” go together almost as readily as sunshine and blue skies. Bourbon, “America’s native spirit,” is Kentucky’s most famous export to the world. Come see for yourself how these two iconic products epitomize Kentucky’s unbridled spirit: and how the cultures surrounding these icons combine to influence our growing culinary heritage. From mint juleps served in silver cups on Derby Day to bourbon pairings with great food, the passion for excellence shines through. Kentucky’s menu has formed from a variety of cultures and traditions that have been here for centuries including Native American, English, Irish, Scots-Irish, German and African-American. Add to that Amish, Asian, and Latin cultures and you’re left with a wonderful combination of food types and traditions to temp your palate and whet your appetite.
Our urban centers of Louisville, Lexington and the Northern Kentucky area south of Cincinnati offer a varied selection of great food and world renowned entertainment such as: the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Louisville’s Actors Theatre; Lexington’s Brewmaster Trail; or Northern Kentucky’s Houfbraus House and Newport on the Levee. All three areas are served by major airports and offer the urban amenities you may be seeking.
If you are looking for more of an escape, Kentucky is the place to do it. Whether you are looking to make a splash with boating on your next family trip, or guide your way through a trailblazing adventure, there is an experience waiting for you. Canoeing, kayaking and rafting opportunities are available at any level and the beautiful scenery displays the wonders of Kentucky. For those eager to cast a line while on the water, fishing opportunities are bountiful throughout the state. Kentucky is an angler’s paradise with lake and river fishing options that hold a wide variety of species to pursue. Two of the largest man-made lakes in the country, Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, offer a great destination for the eager fisherman. These vast lakes are also a great spot for summer boating, skiing and tubing - the ideal summer vacation! Interested in getting back your land legs? Trek through the trails that spread across the state, including the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, which is the state’s longest trail and stretches over 260 miles through the Daniel Boone National Forest. Horse trails are also available – after all, you are in Kentucky!
Kentucky is the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali and, the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. And, of course, Colonel Sanders perfected his secret recipe for fried chicken and launched his global empire in the southeastern Kentucky town of Corbin. Visit the sites and museums dedicated to these influential Americans.
There’s only one Kentucky, and it’s waiting for you to discover!