The southeastern state with capital of Frankfort is most famous for the annual Kentucky Derby down in Louisville. The yearly fiesta is a two-week affair that also involves celebrations at the Kentucky Derby Museum before the actual race occurs on the last Saturday of May. However, there’s much more to Kentucky than bourbon and horse racing. There are loads more vacation ideas that may just make you consider widening the scope during your tour.
From lovely vineyards to golf courses and amazing landscapes, Kentucky is not in any way short of vacation options and sights.
All that said, we must not forget that the most notable attractions in the Bluegrass State will always be the Kentucky horse racing and the lovely old-school bourbon. Let loose and drown in the famous bourbon and gamble on the Kentucky Derby – if that’s your thing.
Here are 8 attractive marvels that will lure you to the Hemp State.
Kentucky Horse Park
If you are in the mood for strolling beside stallions and steeds, then a short trip north of Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park sounds ideal. You will also learn everything you need to about horses and understand the functioning of a proper horse farm. Furthermore, you are introduced to the several breeds of horses available in the farm and their activities over the years. The Park is also an educational center complete with a Museum and a Hall of Champions. It is moreover complete with an equine racing facility.
Daniel Boone National Forest
The lush forest cover to the southeast of Lexington borders the 75-foot wide Natural Bridge that was formed by the unstoppable force of water and wind. Rock arrangements in the surrounding state park consolidate the place of the National Forest location as the ultimate wild destination in the South East. The evergreen forests lie atop a rough and unpredictable terrain that forms perfect hike challenges for daredevils. Furthermore, the over-half-a-million acre rugged landscape is lined with jaw-dropping cliffs. Finally, watch as the romantic Red River gushes through the picture-perfect gorge.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
The threadlike trail deep into the rolling Cumberland hills form the best way to explore the greens and rocks of the southeastern Kentucky wilds. The 760-foot length traverses the whole range, peaking at the Pinnacle Overlook. Atop the overlook, you will see the most fantastic vistas of magnificence of the hills and the winding Gap itself. To learn more about the history of the Indians and the white settlers who traversed the wilderness in the 18th and 19th Centuries, head down to the Park’s Visitors Center located at Middleboro. Lastly, hike to the Hensley Settlement of the old country township.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
The tiny village is lined with traditional buildings owned by the Shakers. Craftwork from the skilled locals is in abundance with friendly demonstrations all day long. Handmade furniture as well as other artistic home supplies have been locally made by Shakers for over 200 years now. The complex is situated towards the North of Harrodsburg. Lastly, interact with and get into the welcoming culture of the Pleasant Hill Village.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
An exciting imitation of the Niagara Falls, the vast falls gush fiercely down a 68-foot depth into the Cumberland River. The falls are curtained generously with extensive green woodlands and ferocious rocks. Moderate-length walking trails line the sides of the gushing waterfalls to perfectly satisfy your hiking urges. Don’t forget the park’s resort experience including amazing rental cabins, cottages and campsites. Additionally, the local cuisines in the park’s restaurants will make your mouth water.
Mammoth Cave National Park
One of the biggest cave parks in the world, the Mammoth Cave National Park features well over 400 miles length of known passageways. These are thought to have been home to Native Americans 1st millennium. From the frozen Niagara on the roof to the Mammoth Dome and Ruins of Karnack, the cave offers an amazing array of magnificent sights. A spirited tour through the Wild Cave alongside cave experts gives you the best views of the ghostly rock forms and cave-adapted creatures. From eyeless crayfish to cave crickets, you can see them all.
Louisville Mega Cavern
The 17-mile cave beneath Louisville is a former limestone mine in Kentucky. It was later also used as a fallout shelter during the Cold War. Today, there is something for everyone at the under-ground location. It is now a popular site for tram tours, zipline tours, rope courses, a bike park and the famous holiday lights display. The “Light under Louisville” annual display has been a delight on visitors’ Christmas vacations.. Here, the guests can drive into the Cavern and view the underground decorations with a Christmas theme. The challenging trails built with a rough bottom, sticky red clay middle and friendly top are perfect biking and hiking lines.
The Kentucky Derby
The biggest party in Kentucky is the actual attraction that has put the southeastern state on the world map. Held at the Churchill Downs outside Louisville, the event occurs on the last Sunday of every May. It is preceded by two weeks of non-stop fun at the Kentucky Derby Museum. When the ultimate day arrives then you get to watch and gamble on fiercely competitive racehorses. The party doesn’t stop as fine Kentucky bourbon – the second most famous attraction – will be available.
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Originally posted 2017-05-18 09:03:20.