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Kentucky Regions of Kentucky

Regions of Kentucky

Western Wetlands

Bordered by the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, with the two largest lakes in the state, the Western Waterlands offers a mix of water sports, family fun, arts, culture, historic sites and entertainment.

Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the Land Between the Lakes are popular holiday destinations with all the water recreation imaginable as well as outdoor recreation activities. Paducah’s historic downtown offers the National Quilt Museum and a great mix of unique restaurants and shops. Visit the working artisans in their LowerTown Paducah studios.

Bluegrass, Blues and BBQ

Home to world-famous Kentucky barbecue and music legends, Bill Monroe, the Everly Brothers and W.C. Handy, the Bluegrass, Blues & Barbecue region of Kentucky invites you to travel the roads of tradition.

Visit Bill Monroe's birthplace and The International Bluegrass Music Museum. Enjoy music festivals, Civil War re-enactments, Ellis Park Racetrack, Broadway shows, outdoor adventure and more. Owensboro, is Kentucky’s Festival City. Henderson offers music, art and historic downtown area. The region offers unique museums, art galleries and natural wonders such as the Western Kentucky Botanical Gardens and the John James Audubon State Park.

Bourbon, Horses & History

Built on the falls of the Ohio River, Louisville boasts world-class museums such as the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Centre. Louisville is the location of the Kentucky Derby.

Abraham Lincoln was born in this region of Kentucky. Learn more about him at sites along Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail. Tour world-famous bourbon distilleries in Kentucky on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, enjoy live theatre or take a ghost trek walking tour in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Shop for antiques and crafts in historic Elizabethtown or enjoy unique shopping, restaurants and golf in Shelbyville, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World.

Northern Kentucky River Region

The Northern Kentucky River Region - spectacular scenery and historic venues await you. Experience beauty and sights leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime!

Near scenic Carrollton rests Big Bone Lick State Park, where the giant mammoths roamed and perished in the quagmire, resulting in numerous fossilised remains. Get revved up to take in Northern Kentucky's fastest attraction, Kentucky Speedway, where cars race on the state of the art track. The river front cities of Covington and Newport show off the quaint Main Strasse Village as well as the mega-entertainment complex of Newport on the Levee, offering numerous nightclubs, riverside dining, shopping and cinemas along with the world-renown Newport Aquarium.

Bluegrass Region

Famous for its horse farms, the Kentucky Horse Park and scenic drives past beautiful pasture land, the Kentucky Bluegrass Region is truly a horse-lover's paradise.

Lexington, Kentucky’s second-largest city and the Horse Capital of the World, offers a vibrant mix of historic sites, shopping, attractions, dining and nightlife. Explore the Capitol Grounds and the Kentucky History Centre in the Kentucky capital city of Frankfort; tour Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, America’s largest restored Shaker community; enjoy exceptional thoroughbred racing at Keeneland; walk through one of the most charming distilleries in the state, Woodford Reserve and spend an evening at Kentucky’s oldest outdoor dinner theatre, the lively Pioneer Playhouse in Danville.

Kentucky Southern Shorelines

Rich in small town charm, heritage and beautiful waterways, the Kentucky’s Southern Shorelines region invites you to explore and enjoy nature and Kentucky’s historic small town southern charm first hand.

Explore the region’s many lakes and rivers; take a scenic mountain train ride; visit relaxing small towns with unique shops. Don’t forget to visit Lake Cumberland (over 1200 miles of shoreline). Discover the heritage and history of the counties bordering the lakes. Visit Mill Springs Park, home of the world’s largest working water-wheel. In all of the region’s lakes and rivers, from Big South Fork National River to Lake Cumberland, boat rentals, fishing, boating, and outfitters are among the best in the state.

Caves, Lakes & Corvettes

Home to the famed National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green is a friendly, fun city located less than one hour north of Nashville. Visit Lost River Cave and Valley, home to Kentucky’s only underground boat tour or take a ride on the Kentucky Rumbler, the most twisted wooden roller coaster in seven states. Shop and enjoy eclectic dining choices in Bowling Green’s historic downtown square.

Take guided or a wild cave explorations in the underground world of Kentucky’s Cave Country. Marvel at one of the most spectacular and vast adventures in Kentucky - Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system and tour the Crystal Onyx Cave where pre-historic finds have made it an important archaeological site.

Kentucky’s Appalacians

With the breathtaking beauty of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky as a backdrop, you’ll find grand adventure and a friendly welcome always waiting for you in the Kentucky Appalachian region.

Enjoy your stay or drop by for the day at one of our scenic mountain and mountain/lake state parks including Carter Caves State Resort Park. Experience Broke Leg Falls, a 60- foot natural water fall, and the wonder of the renowned Red River Gorge. Explore the Appalachian region’s contribution to the music of America at the US 23 Country Music Highway museum, enjoy the local cuisine and shop for unique gifts.

Daniel Boon Country

The drama of nature’s untamed splendour offers adventure and excitement in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone Country.  Whether your brand of fun is high impact adventure or a relaxed retreat, we can show you how to make the most of your visit in Kentucky’s grand outdoors.

Stay in the lodge or a cabin at Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky and thrill to the thundering beauty of the “Niagara of the South.” Learn the ropes on rock climbing walls or take a "real deal" rock climbing course at Torrent Falls. Wheel your way along the ATV trails of the Black Mountain Off-road Adventure Park or enjoy a relaxed scenic drive along mountain by-ways.  The Cumberland Gap, the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge are awe-inspiring works of nature.


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