Inspiring landscapes and unbridled adventures abound in Kentucky – on land, on water and even underground. Here you’ll find hikes and horseback rides on rolling hills of the bluegrass. Rock formations that draw climbers from around the world. Mountains that sing with history and adventure. Wild rivers that beckon paddlers and anglers. The longest known cave system on earth. And lakes that make Kentucky the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” Discover the legendary places and experiences that inspired Daniel Boone to proclaim: "Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place."
Kentucky culture is diverse and distinctive. We are Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, and Muhammad Ali. We’re Civil War battlefields and small town Main Streets, but we’re urban too. We’re horses, bourbon and ice cold Ale 8 on a hot sunny day. We’re folk artists and poets, spiritual pioneers, musicians, chefs and African-American trailblazers. We’re the bright fall colors of Red River Gorge on a crisp clear day, and the strains of bluegrass music like you've never heard it played floating on the breeze of a summer evening in a little town you never knew existed. We’re simple people with a complex story. Friendly, warm and welcoming when you get to know us. Our culture is made rich on the strength of countless stories, traditions and unique encounters that offer experiences found only in Kentucky.
No other place in America or indeed the world is as synonymous with horses as Kentucky, home to both the Horse Capital of the World (Lexington) and the Saddlebred Capital of the World (Shelbyville). Here you’ll find legendary horse racing tracks, a wide variety of equestrian activities, and pretty-as-a-picture farms where the most magnificent horses in the world graze on our famed bluegrass. Even if you don’t come to Kentucky a horse lover, you’ll almost certainly leave as one.
The shimmer of an Appalachian dulcimer. The woody lilt of a fiddle. Even the burble of a mountain creek or the rhythmic clip-clop of a horse's hooves. Music knows no bounds in Kentucky. As the birthplace of bluegrass, Kentucky's impact on American music is profound, and our musical roots extend all around the Commonwealth – from Rosine, home of “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe, to the Country Music Highway, a tuneful stretch of Eastern Kentucky where more than a dozen country legends got their start. If you want to get to the soul of Kentucky, all you've got to do is open your ears.
Come sit at the Kentucky table where food traditions are older than the state, but we’re also on the culinary cutting edge. Feast on farm-to-fork cuisine crafted by world-class chefs with products supplied by Kentucky Proud farmers. Discover Bluegrass specialties from Hot Browns to bourbon balls, and beer cheese to West Kentucky barbecue. Indulge in epic food experiences all around the Commonwealth from gourmet restaurants to hole-in-the-wall diners, where you just might have the best meal of your life.
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