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About Kentucky

Kentucky is home to more than just horses and bluegrass. It has many "best of, biggest of, or one of a kind" attractions such as the oldest mountains, largest stained glass window, longest known cave system, and the only place where Corvettes are made, not to mention its many historic towns, mines and museums.

The oldest mountains in the world are in Kentucky, the Appalachians and they cover nearly half of the state. This area of the state (Eastern Highlands) is the least populated and is filled with lakes and natural wonders such as:

  • The Red River Gorge Geological Area, which has over 50 natural arches sculpted by water and wind.
  • Cumberland Falls, a 125 feet wide wall of water that falls 68 feet down into a gorge.

  • In the northernmost part of Kentucky, the city of Covington offers river cruises, specialty shops and the Basilica of the Assumption (modeled after the Notre Dame) which has the largest stained glass window of any church in the world.

    Mammoth Cave National Park in the south central area, has more than 350 miles of passageways and is the longest known cave system in the world. Also in the area is the Big South Fork National River and Recreation area, one of the prime natural wonders.

    Lexington is the place for horses and beautiful horse farms. The Kentucky Horse Park offers self-guided tours and daily demonstrations from 40 breeds of horses. But Lousiville is the city which hosts the Kentucky Derby each year, and is the state's largest city. It is full of enough attractions to please anyone including:

  • Hillerich & Bradsby Lousiville Slugger baseball bat plant and museum
  • Kentucky Kingdom Thrill Park
  • Ohio River cruise on the steam powered Bell of Lousiville
  • Harrodsburg, the first permanent English settlement west of the Allegheny Mountins
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - the most completely restored Shaker community in the country.
  • National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green
  • And of course, there's the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, since Kentucky makes more than 80 percent of the world's bourbon whiskey.

  • For Kentucky travel information, call (800) 225-TRIP.

    Kentucky is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and most interesting historical sites in the country. Our state park system includes 49 parks and one interstate park with facilities for meetings and conferences, fine accommodations, camping, golf, education and much more.

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