Go to Elizabethtown and see the Schmidt Museum of Coca Cola Memorabilia.
The Schmidt family began producing Coca Cola in Kentucky in 1901. The museum is a collection of Coca Cola promotional materials.
Favorite thing: Mammoth Cave is the longest recorded cave system in the world with more than 336 explored miles. It was made a National Park on July 1, 1941. It became a World Heritage Site on October 27, 1981. It was declared an International Biosphere Reserve on September 26, 1990.
Built in 1805 as a gristmill, this is the only distillery in the USA that is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can see the still house where bourbon is made.as well as the bottling house and the warehouses.
Free distillery tours are conducted Monday through Saturday.
Favorite thing: This is the world's largest equine museum. A 360 degree screen presents a film "The Greatest Race." There are walking tours of Churchill Down and the paddock area. The museum is located on the racetrack at Gate #1. It is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday from noon to 5:00pm.
Favorite thing: Cumberland Gap was made a National Historic Park on June 11, 1940. It commemmorates the first doorway to the west. It is located where the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet. From 200,000 to 300,000 people passed through here between 1775 and 1810.
Fondest memory: If you are planning a trip to Kentucky, the State's official web site is useful. www.state.ky.us. For a new site that features the unusual and just plain weird places or people in Kentucky, try www.unusualkentucky.com.
Kentucky is is to be devided in 4 regions: the north central, the western, the Eastern and the South Central. On each of these there are visits to be made regarding the history, the lakes, the mountains (Appalachian mountains)
Fondest memory: Easy and relaxed, friendly people, beautifull nature (deer, birds, wild turkeys) and great place for hiking.
Kentucky Burgoo is a must ! It is a stew like dish which was made from everything available including squirrel, possum, rabit, etc..Now it is somewhat tamer without quite as much wild game but still a speciality of the state. Kentucky barbecue is also a favorite.
Many wonderful state parks available and the largest cave network in the US in Cave City
Fondest memory: Never leave home with out my Makers Mark supply just in case it is not available when traveling
Next to BOWLING GREEN...on the IS highway east...there is for the 'car-lovers' the famous Chevrolet Corvette factory plant which you can visit...very interesting if you are into mechanics...
A wonder in KY is the MAMMOTH CAVE NATL PARK...the caves are known as the largest in the USA and probably one of the largest in the world. You must visit the caves...but be careful...there's a lot of walking, steps and temperature is quite cold.
LOUISVILLE...what an ugly and boring city ! Sorry for the ones living there...I did not find the city attractive at all.
FRANKFORT...the State Capitol is worth the stop.
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LEXINGTON...this is the heart of the Bluegrass Country...so if you turn on the radio...you'll hear exclusively country music ! There's a lot of horses all around the are...and the scenery between Lexington and West Virginia is pleasant.
Fondest memory: The Caves at Mammoth N.P.
You should spend a whole entire day at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. They have some of the coolest rides.
Fondest memory: I remember going here a few years ago with a couple of my friends. We had the best time ever. We even got some pictures taken of us in those little photo booths.
Visit a distillery! ;) This is just one of many things you can do of course. But you're likely to see horses from the road, and I would say visit a distillery over the Corvette plant! Anyway, there are tons of distilleries of bourbon here, many of them generations and hundreds of years old. They'll take you through the different rooms and I'm sure you'll get some sort of sample at the end of it all. I think most distilleries are going to exhibit some sort of distinguished charm, which beer breweries do not. I would reccommend the Maker's Mark Distillery tour, in Loretto, KY, south of Bardstown.
Fondest memory: Driving my grandparents around to their old 'haunts.' I got to see some small little towns and rural parts of the state I would have otherwise missed.
When visiting Paducah you much talk a walk down broadway just as it was during the 1930's. Walk to the Market house museum where you'll lean about Paducah's rich history and important people from Padcuah and western Kentucky. Then end up browsing the flood wall murals that describe parts of Paducah through art work. For a great restaurant go to Patties 1880's settelment which has won several awards from Southern Living magazine for their fine pork chops. Pattie's is located in Grand Rivers, KY which is about 30 minutes from Paducah in the land between the lakes region. If you're looking for seafood try Country Crossroads Restaurant in Hardin, Ky. Hardin is just outside of Murray about 45 minutes from Paducah. I have both phone numbers and if you need any other information about western Kentucky please let me know.
Fondest memory: The people in Paducah are the nicest you'll ever meet. You can see a complete stranger and you'll wave at each other just like you were old friends. Nobody puts on a show for you like you'll often find in the big cities.
Favorite thing: It's hard to pick out one best activity in Ky. There's so much to do and see. Try to see Mammoth Cave. There are several tours of the cave, varying in length of time, and degree of fitness of tourist.
Favorite thing: Visit northern Kentucky. This little known destination area, over the river from Cincinnati, Ohio is made up of a number of small towns with histories dating back to the late 1700's. There is shopping, dining, lodging, entertainment and attractions that rival any major city. Yet you will notice few intimidating downtown areas. There is more here than I can fill this comment with. For additional info see nkycvb.com and northern-kentucky.com
One of my favorite things about Kentucky, other than its remarkable natural beauty, is its people. Eastern Kentucky occupies the foot hills of the Appalachian Moutains and has a hertiage that is unlike any other!
'Its as old as the hills', a native Eastern Kentuckian may say. The Appalachian culture is full of music, art, liturature and history all its own. This unique hertiage encompasses alot. For instance, bluegrass music, quilting, folk art, the closeness of family here is very special(kin folk), and of course, the down home cooking! Corn bread and fried green tomatoes(mate-urs) are among my favorites!
In order to fully uunderstand this unique culture, one must take into consideration the hardships that many people in these hills have had to endure. The geographic location (mostly in the hills), caused this area to remain isolated, separated and poor economically for the majority of the first half of the 1900's. One would find it very rewarding to speak with an old timer about those days!
However, today, Kentucky lacks in absolutely nothing!(in my oppinion)
Stayed here while in town for a boat show free parking, and great weekend rates* discounted apply...more
The sleeping accommodations at the hotel were average. The king bed was reasonably comfortable, but...more
We crossed into the Eastern Time Zone, and got gas in Indiana before we crossed into Kentucky....more