Kentucky Travel Guide

Browse 61 travel reviews, 44 travel blogs and 2,213 travel photos from real travelers to Kentucky.

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Home to bluegrass music, the Kentucky Derby, and one of the main states designated as the American South, Kentucky is one of those states that this has to be experienced to be believed. The history of the state goes back hundreds of years, and Kentucky has some of the most geographically diverse landscapes in the nation with plenty of natural resources. It contains some of the longest stretches of rivers and streams in the U.S. and is home to Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system. With borders against seven different states, Kentucky is actually broken down into five regions, each with their own unique demographics.

Kentucky prides itself for the natural environment and the beauty of the landscapes throughout the state. There are over 90,000 miles of streams, including the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the Big Sandy River, the Kentucky River, the Tennessee River, the Cumberland River, the Green River, the licking River, and Tug Fork. Outside of Alaska, Kentucky is the most water-filled state in the nation. It also has 45 state parks and two national forests, and the state puts a major emphasis on eco-tourism and reintroducing wild life back into the countryside.

Kentucky isn't just about the natural beauty, however. Nearly everyone has heard of Kentucky bourbon and whiskey, and the state is also home to Fort Knox. Lexington is the horse capital of the world, while Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby. There are festivals year-round to be experience, from the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to the National Quartet Convention, or the International Barbecue Festival held in Owensboro. Old Louisville is home to the third largest Victorian preservation district the United States, and the state also boasts the reputation of being the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. There are bluegrass festivals every year and between the food, the people, the horse races, the whiskey, the history, and the landscape, you won't be able to walk away without feeling some sense of wonder.

Louisville #1 most popular location
Louisville (usually pronounced ['luːǝvǝl] (help·info); see Pronunciation below) is Kentucky's largest city. It is ranked as either the 16th or 27th largest city in the United States depen…
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Lexington #2 most popular location
Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington has traditionally been dominated by the horse industry and is also heavily influenced by the University of Kentucky, the flagship state univ…
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Bowling Green #3 most popular location
Bowling Green is the fourth-most populous city in the U.S. state of Kentucky after Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro, with an estimated population in 2006 of 53,112. It is the county seat o…
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Paducah #4 most popular location
Paducah is located at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River. The population was 26,307 at the 2000 census. It is the home of the American Quilter's Society museum.
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Florence #5 most popular location
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Jeffersontown #6 most popular location
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Covington #7 most popular location
Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. The city population was 40,640 as of 2010; many of whom are of German descent. It is the fifth-most-populous city in Kentucky. …
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Elizabethtown #8 most popular location
We're more than a movie. Elizabethtown is a real town, full of history and fun. And if you're out to make your next vacation a blockbuster (or at least a bit more interesting), grab your camc…
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Berea #9 most popular location
Berea is a small town located in Madison County, central Kentucky. The cities most notable characteristic is the title of Arts and Crafts Capital of the South. The small town feel is everywhe…
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London #10 most popular location
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Frankfort #11 most popular location
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Cave City #12 most popular location
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Erlanger #13 most popular location
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Ashland #14 most popular location
Ashland, KY is a picturesque blue collar town of close to 24,000 people, with rolling hills all around, and the Ohio River marking its northern boundary. . It is located in the northeastern p…
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Bardstown #15 most popular location
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Newport #16 most popular location
Founded in 1795, Newport is separated from Cincinnati by the Ohio River and from Covington, KY by the Licking River. Some of Kentucky's most popular festivals take place along Newport's rive…
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Radcliff #17 most popular location
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Hebron #18 most popular location
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Danville #19 most popular location
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Shelbyville #20 most popular location
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Harrodsburg #21 most popular location
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Horse Cave #22 most popular location
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Calvert City #23 most popular location
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Grayson #24 most popular location
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Fort Mitchell #25 most popular location
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Loretto #26 most popular location
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Slade #27 most popular location
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Mammoth Cave #28 most popular location
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Gravel Switch #29 most popular location
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Drakesboro #30 most popular location
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Fairview #31 most popular location
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New #32 most popular location
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Greensburg #33 most popular location
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Northern #34 most popular location
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