When I come across the name Kentucky, KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) comes to mind. But the truth is that Kentucky is more than KFC. Besides hosting numerous entertainment and fun activities such as horse riding, Kentucky has a diverse cultural and geographical history.
Below I have highlighted the top 5 must-visit spots in Kentucky. All these attractions are perfect for personal, couples, or family vacations.
- Kentucky Derby
For horse racing lovers, Kentucky Derby is the place to be. Besides being one of the most prestigious races in Kentucky, Kentucky Derby is the most famous event for locals and tourists in Kentucky. The race takes place at Churchill Downs, every first Sunday in May.
Furthermore, there’s the Kentucky Derby Museum in case you want to explore more about the previous horse racing activities. The museum houses numerous exhibits that explain the history of the race and Churchill Downs since 1875, when the first race was held. As well, the museum features exhibits about thoroughbred horses, including their stages of lives and training.
- Daniel Boone National Forest
For adventures, you can explore the Daniel Boone National Forest. The park covers more than 708,000 acres and runs through 21 counties on the east side of Kentucky. Furthermore, it includes over 3,400 miles of gorges, sandstone cliffs, and ravines cut by streams and rivers. As well, the park features a natural bridge, measuring 65 ft. high and 75 ft. wide. You can walk over the bridge as you enjoy the spectacular views of the park.
- Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum
I’m sure you know about KFC, it’s the 4th largest fast-food chain in the world according to Wikipedia, after Starbucks, Subway, and McDonald’s. If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken, you’d certainly like to learn about its history – Harland Sanders Cafe & Museum allows you to learn about it. In the cafe, you’ll find a replica of the kitchen that Colonel Sanders (the founder) worked in in the 1940s. Furthermore, you’ll find information about the Cafe’s establishment and rise to glory.
- The Red River Gorge
For the best view of the Kentucky state, you should visit the Red River Gorge. Besides offering spectacular site seeing spots, it has some of the world’s most famous natural arches of stone.
The red River Gorge is found in the Daniel Boone National Forest, and it’s an official national geological site. You can trap or hunt animals, among other fun activities such as hiking.
Other fantastic tourist attractions to visit in Kentucky include:
- The Dog Slaughter Falls – it’s a 15-foot waterfall. Best for hikers and dog walking.
- Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill – ideal for hiking
- Fort Knox – pass-through this gold depository that houses over 5,000 tons of gold.
- Get a piece of art by a Kentucky craftsman in Berea
- Relax at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown
Conclusion Kentucky is a beautiful place with exciting attractions, historic sites, adventure events, and fun activities that you can’t possibly find in any other place. Besides, it’s safe to travel and has affordable accommodation, food, and transport packages.