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10 Best Places To Visit In Kentucky, USA - Updated 2020

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Melissa
Melissa
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Did you know that Kentucky is famous for the nickname Bluegrass State because of the bluegrass pastures? Not only that, but it is also famous for landmarks such as the Mammoth Cave National Park and the Mississippi River - just to name a few. Aside from these landmarks, Kentucky is known for its horse-racing, bourbon distilleries, and the very famous Kentucky fried chicken. But there is more to Kentucky than these famous places; there’s a rich history to learn about, beautiful architecture to admire and views that will leave you breathless. If you’re planning to visit Kentucky, keep yourself busy exploring some of these best places to visit in Kentucky, USA. Scroll down to learn more.

1. Louisville (from USD 10)

You’ll always have jam-packed days with different activities and things to do in Louisville. You can either take a drive to visit distilleries nearby such as the Marker’s Marks Distillery or the Copper and Kings American Brandy Distillery. If you prefer learning more about the culture and history, you might want to take a trip to the historic Old Louisville, where you’ll learn more about the Victorian Mansion District itself. This picture-perfect town has stunning architecture and a cool breeze like no other. You should also check the Big Four Bridge while you’re at it.

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2. Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

Every art lover will enjoy it in Paducah. You’ll be amazed and entertained by the details, texture, and colorful exhibits they showcase. While here, visit the National Quilt Museum. Their exhibits range from quilts and fiber arts from Art Quilts of the Midwest to Miniature Quilts. With every story and history that comes with these pieces, needless to say, it’s easy to fall in love with art in this town. So go on and admire the talents of the town’s folk as they take pride in all the handpicked quilts from regional and national contests. It’s definitely worth your money.

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3. Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky

If you’re looking for a variety of adventures in one place, Bowling Green might be the place for you. You can admire the views and have an exciting experience by enjoying a hot-air balloon trip that you can book online. If you’re into exploring and caves, this place is also known for its caves like those in Mammoth Cave National Park. This is famous for being the largest and longest cave in the world. And if you’re looking for a relaxing yet equally exciting ride, take a boat ride on the Lost River Cave. There is a 45-minute to an hour tour on which you’ll learn more about the cave’s history while getting to take unique pictures. Those looking for some peace of mind can also just visit the historical Rail Museum.

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4. Augusta

Augusta, Kentucky

Augusta, also known as the most picturesque town in Kentucky, has more to offer than meets the eye. You can go to the famous 1811 Augusta Jail, which is the oldest jail in the state of Kentucky and was built with its original foundation complete with the original artifacts, cells, and riffles. Baker-Bird Winery is also a must-visit in this town. It’s proudly the oldest commercial winery in America and has even won several awards because of its in-house and local wines. You could also enjoy EarthJOY Treehouse, which is perfect for those visiting families. How are some tree climbing and hiking as family bonding?

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5. Frankfort

Frankfort, Kentucky

Calling all history lovers! This small town in Kentucky has a history lesson or two awaiting in the corner. This is proven that just by strolling the town, you’ll already find yourself amazed by the beautiful architecture of the buildings. To complete your trip, visit the Old State Capitol, where the government stayed from 1831 to 1910 and is now home to the Kentucky Historical Society. Frankfort also has the Salato Wildlife Education Center, an educational and interactive facility. Apart from these exciting trips, you’ll definitely love the beauty, adventure, and history of the Cove Springs Park.

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6. Berea

Berea City hall

Berea has a lot of places for every art enthusiast or even a nature lover. Go hiking and admire mother nature in Berea College Forest. Once done, visit the Indian Fort mountain which has the most stunning view of the town. Those who prefer to stay indoors can go watch a play at the region’s best theater - Spotlight Playhouse. They host some of the best talents - whether that be in plays, musicals or concerts. Folkdance is one of the arts that Berea is known for so we highly suggest that you give folk dancing a go at the Russel Acton Folk Center.

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7. Glasgow

Glasgow, Kentucky

The South Central Kentucky Cultural Center is one of the most visited places when you’re in Glasgow. Described as a museum of the Barrens, where you’ll learn about the history of Barrens itself, this place is one of the top sites for tourists who find themselves in this old town. Once done, you can take a trip to the Art and Antique Mall that is just nearby and go get yourself a souvenir or two. Travelers who also love watching local theater performances will surely enjoy the shows at the Plaza Theatre. Glasgow, pegged as one of the most interesting towns in Kentucky, should definitely be on your bucket list.

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8. Danville

Danville, Kentucky

When in Danville, a must-visit place is the miniature villages of the Great American Dollhouse Museum. It’s the town’s famous museum of the most detailed houses, factories, shops, and civic buildings. Just in a span of two hours, you’ll be able to learn fictional stories about miniature people and families, from the exhibits. Although a self-tour, you’ll have fun spending time alone (or with friends) just learning about the history and timeline of these amazing places. From the coal camps to medieval castles, you’ll be fascinated by the things you’ll see here. Be sure to take a lot of pictures while you are at it!

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9. Bardstown (from USD 87)

Bardstown is famous for its well-crafted Borboun distilleries. If you’re into the craft of drinking, Marker’s Marks Distillery and Bardstown Bourbon Company are two of the best distilleries to visit. During tours or even visits, you may request to know more about the process and the story behind their products as their staff is very accommodating. Other than that, you can learn about the old war at the Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum. This place is just brimming with history.

Bourbon Distillery Tours and Tastings- Half day

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

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10. Lexington (from USD 15)

If you find yourself in Lexington without anything to do, don’t worry as there’s actually plenty to do and history to learn. There’s the Ashland Signature Mansion, an educational and enjoyable mansion in Kentucky. It belonged to Henry Clay, who played a vital role in politics and history for almost half a century. Here, you’ll find yourself looking at almost 18 rooms, each with a display of original furnishings, artworks, and sanctuary. Once done, you can also visit the Gardens and Grounds, the Civil War Monument, and Henry Clay Exhibit, which is just around the corner. And if you’re done and hungry, we suggest you grab a bite at Gingko Tree Cafe. And since Lexington is also known for horse farms and racetracks, you’re sure to find lots of horse-related activities.

Ashland Signature Henry Clay Tour Ticket

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

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Lots to see and do

There’s always something to do in Kentucky. Among the many towns, there’s a place for every kind of traveler. Whether you’re into nature, art, distilleries, and even horses - there’s a town for just about anything. The best part is that there’s so much history, and lots of museums that come with it. You’ll never find yourself bored. In fact, you might even have little time to go around and get to know the beauty of Kentucky. There’s plenty to do and see so start planning and choose among these places to visit for your next fun and historic adventure!

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Melissa is a storyteller from Manila. She's been to Europe and Asia but still dreams of going around her home, the Philippines. When she's not traveling, you can find her in your nearest bookstore.

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