Lexington, Harrodsburg & Frankfort

Lexington is the horse capital of the world and second largest city in Kentucky. But you don’t have to be an avid racehorse fan to enjoy the natural beauty, culture and history that this exciting city has to offer. Harrodsburg sits amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, and is Kentucky’s oldest town. Harrodsburg is full of the unexpected. Frankfort is Kentucky’s capital city, nestled between Louisville and Lexington along the Kentucky River, in the heart of bourbon, horse and wine country. With a plethora of historical sites, electric shops and restaurants to genealogy, arts and don’t forget about the bourbon. Come visit and enjoy the southern hospitality and the Kentucky River heritage.

Lexington

As you might expect in the Horse Capital of the World, they have horses! But in Lexington’s Bluegrass Region, there are hundreds of exciting things to do, see and experience. Lexington is Kentucky’s centerpiece, offering all the best Kentucky has to offer. Celebrate the living history of Kentucky Bourbon at nearby distilleries such as: The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Four Rose, Wild Turkey, James E. Pepper and Town Branch.

Kentucky Horse Park, or KHP as it’s known in equine circles, is basically an equestrian event venue that celebrates and explores our relationship with horses – it’s a fantastically engaging hub for all things horse. Besides these events, the park sports a hall of champions, a daily parade of different breeds, horse and cart tours and four different museums. The International Museum of the Horse is a Smithsonian Affiliate examining the role of horses through history, while the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries caters to children with interactive experiences, and the Wheeler Museum focuses on showjumping and is chock-full of fascinating memorabilia.

 

Frankfort

The heart of Frankfort sits in the Kentucky River valley, on an S-bend in the river near the western edge of the inner Bluegrass Region of the state. Frankfort and the surrounding area offer many opportunities for outdoor activities. The Kentucky River mentioned above has long been a source of recreation, and boat docks on the river house recreational watercraft. Not far from Frankfort, the Elkhorn Creek is a popular site for canoeing and kayaking.

Harrodsburg

A full-scale replica fort in Old Fort Harrod State Park commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains. Providing an up-close view of one of the most unique ecosystems in the country, the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades, is the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler. Ten bourbon distilleries and a dozen wineries are a short drive away. There are horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing. Harrodsburg is home to Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest family-operated country inn, and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – 3,000 acres of discovery at America’s largest restored Shaker community.  

Daniel Boone National Forest Area

Within the Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge is a canyon system in east-central Kentucky, It’s spectacularly scenic, with its eye-catching natural stone arches, unusual rock formations, sandstone cliffs and over 500 miles of hiking trails through rugged terrain. There’s an incredibly diverse selection of trees, including beech, sugar maples, white pines, hemlock, oak and hickory and these tend to host the occasional endangered species (the Indiana Bat, the Virginia big-eared bat and the red-cockaded woodpecker, for instance). Activities include but are not limited to: hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, horse riding, cycling, rock climbing and bird-watching. Lake Cumberland is renowned as the houseboat capital of the world! Along with houseboating, this scenic patch of Russell Springs offers watersports, camping, hiking and more. Lake Cumberland is one of the 10 largest manmade lakes in the country, spanning a whopping 63,000 acres, with more than 1,200 miles of federally protected shoreline. The lake is famous for its striped bass: 40 pounders are regularly caught here, with 50 pounders popping up too. Pack your fishing tackle and pray to the bass gods.

 

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