28 February 2019
Discover one-of-a-kind attractions, immerse yourself in a unique culture and absorb the energy that can be felt in everything from the metropolitan cities to the countryside: an unbridled spirit runs wild in the Bluegrass State. Whether you head down a distillery trail, or enjoy the atmosphere at the race track, Kentucky is infectious.
Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Kentucky:
Bid on a Horse at the Churchill Downs Racecourse
Famous for hosting the Kentucky Derby, the stately Thoroughbred racetrack at expansive Churchill Downs is a quintessential Kentucky experience. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum on site and sit on “The Greatest Race,” a 360-degree sound and visual experience. Take a historic walking tour around the track and mingle with the resident Thoroughbred and miniature horse.
Follow in the Footsteps of Muhammad Ali
Dedicated to preserving the story of professional Muhammad Ali through its award winning museum, the Muhammad Ali Centre in Downtown Louisville has a lot to offer. A variety of exhibits explore racial history and civil rights through interactive displays, artwork, artefacts and multimedia presentations.
Drink Your Way Through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Awaken your senses and explore the birthplace of bourbon through a self-guided journey that stops at nine of the most renowned distilleries such as Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve. Watch as bourbon is distilled, tour the facilities and enjoy after-tour tastings.
Hit Up the International Bluegrass Music Museum
Explore permanent and changing exhibits dedicated to showcasing Bluegrass culture past and present in this 2,044-square metre museum. Explore the Hall of Fame, see historically significant instruments and follow the bluegrass timeline or take part in an Open Jam session.
Be an Explorer at the Mammoth Cave National Park
The Mammoth Cave National Park has the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 643 kilometres explored and mapped. You can take a ranger-led tour through the chambers with some of the treks being well-lit and others requiring visitors to carry their own lamps. Spot crickets, bats, and salamanders thriving in this habitat.
Planning a visit to Kentucky? Get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor who can make your travel dreams a reality.
For more information, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/.