Kentuky is filled with more than 450 horse farms, 90-plus saddlebred farms, and additional breeding and training facilities that, all combined, make for more than a million acres devoted to the equine industry. Plus it’s the site of the most exciting (and fastest!) two minutes in sports. Is it any wonder Kentucky is known for horses?
Fans of handcrafted bourbon can sample more than 200 years of tradition at micro-distilleries that have popped up all over the state: Barrel House, Corsair Artisan, Limestone Branch, MB Roland, New Riff, The Old Pogue, Wilderness Trail (home to the first craft distillery rickhouse in the state) and Willett.
Born on the Western frontier in 1809, Abraham Lincoln spent the first seven years of his life in Kentucky. Visitors can see the influence this "wild region" had on one of the most respected and revered leaders in history through a variety of attractions and exhibits.
Next to horses and bourbon, Kentucky is worldrenowned for its caves - and has been for more than 200 years. Deep beneath south-central Kentucky lies Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of swirling underground passages. There are tours for both the beginner and the well-versed, the toughest of which takes you on a wild expedition on hands and knees, exploring for hours, with only a flashlight to show your way.
Kentucky has expansive stretches of freshwater shoreline, and three of its popular lakes - Dale Hollow, Green River and Lake Cumberland - are great spots for fishing, boating, and other watersports. Beyond the shore, take a ride on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway passing through historic settlements and unspoiled wilderness where even more outdoor adventures await.