Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kentucky Travel Guide

When you've lived somewhere your entire life it's often easy to overlook all of the beauty and adventure that surrounds you. Sure, it's fun to travel outside your state or country when planning a vacation but there's also a lot to explore in your own neck of the woods. Kentucky has so much to offer! Daniel Boone truly said it best---"heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place." 

Kentucky Travel Guide

Kentucky may not be on the top of your wanderlust bucket list but don't sell it short---there's so much to see in My Old Kentucky Home! 


East

I would be remiss if I didn't share with you all the beauty and fun that my hometown and area has to offer. If mountains are your thing this is the place for you because we have some of the best around.

I took this photo myself during a walk. Whether you like to hike, bike, walk, zipline or just sight see you can do it all in Pikeville! Did you see the Hatfield & McCoy miniseries on the History Channel? Well you can go on a guided tour to all the sights and landmarks from the most famous family feud in American history!  The Breaks Interstate Park is known as the "Grand Canyon of the South" and the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi. The hills of eastern Kentucky has some of most diverse ecosystems of plants and animals in the world! 
If all these mountains have peaked your fancy you will go nuts over Red River Gorge. You don't have to go to Arizona to see beautiful canyons because the Gorge is a sight to behold. Climbers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world trek to the hills of EKY to see these sights. I mean look at this natural bridge. While you're there you must go join the hiking hippies and have the best pizza and Ale-8 at Miguel's Pizza.


The Bluegrass

I'm sure you've heard that Kentucky produces some of the best thoroughbred horses in the world right? And we have this little event called the Kentucky Derby. However, the bluegrass region is much more than horses! Bourbon tourism is flourishing in Lexington and Louisville and for good reason because we make the best! In a 70 mile stretch of road there are 9....yes 9 bourbon distilleries...more affectionately know as the The Bourbon Trail. Each distillery is unique and on each stop you will learn their particular style and history. Of course there is lots of tasting too! 

West

The western part of Kentucky is one that is relatively unknown to me. I've driven through it a handful of times but never truly explored it. I may be one of the few people in the state not have seen the majestic Mammoth Cave, which is the world's longest cave system (over 400 miles)!

Have a car lover in your family? Travel to Bowling Green to where the famous Chevy Corvette sports car is manufactured and walk through the museum. 

Keep going west and you'll run into Paducah. This unassuming town was never on my radar until I started reading about all of its charm from fellow Kentucky blogger Sarah from the Bluegrass Redhead. Her #paducahproud series has me itching to make the trek out west and enjoy all the new markets, artisan shops, and restaurants popping up the small town. 

There are so many more interesting places to visit in Kentucky and this post just skimmed the surface. My intention with this post is to highlight the land that I love and attract others to witness its beauty. But also, if you're lucky enough to live here take time to explore your own state first and help grow its local tourism! The state is jammed packed full of weekend trips waiting for you to take advantage!

Do you have a favorite Kentucky travel attraction?

25 comments:

  1. Love this! My best friend lives in Pikeville and it is a gorgeous town! The gorge is somewhat close to my hometown of Mt. Sterling so we've made many trips to Miguel's! And the only good thing about living in Frankfort are the nearby distilleries! We're right in the heart of bourbon country. Love this list and our state!

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  2. I love Kentucky! My mom's side of the family all lives there - most in Lexington and Winchester. I love to eat at Hall's on the River in Winchester - they have awesome fried banana peppers and beer cheese! Windy Corner is another really good lunch stop, I think that's in between Winchester and Lexington. Loved your tour!

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    1. I have heard great things about Hall's on the River but have never been!

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  3. I've never been to Kentucky, but would love to one day! I keep hearing about the artisan shops and other local gems popping up there. What a sweet post of your home state!

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  4. KY is home for me that is certain. The first time I moved away from home to Colorado Springs I was back on a Greyhound within 30 days coming back to Louisville. We have so much to see and do here in KY that it can take you a while to visit and do it all. I stayed at a B&B in Prestonburg for a week and then took the Scenic Byway all the way home. We got lost a couple of times but the sites were amazing.
    @TrinaO'Neil from
    Walking My Own Path

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  5. I'd love to visit Kentucky! I live in Virginia so it would only be a day's drive. Totally on my list of long weekend trips to take. :)
    Classy Country Girl

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  6. This makes me want to go to KY badly!!

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  7. My husband is going to Kentucky this year for the Gator game. This post is super helpful!

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  8. I was born in Louisville and both of my parents grew up there. Most of my family still lives in some party of the state as well but we mainly visit Louisville. It's such a beautiful state!!

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    1. Really? That's awesome! I lived in Louisville for years and still go back a few times a month to see friends

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  9. I've always wanted to come to Kentucky for the derby but these views are just fantastic!!

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  10. Wow, those nature photos are beautiful! I have only visited Louisville, but I would love to see more of Kentucky! :)

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  11. Kentucky looks so pretty! I'm a huge fan of playing tourist in your own town. There's always so much to discover!

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  12. I love Kentucky!!! :) I'm practically a resident, we're so close to the river haha! I went to Mammoth Cave as a kid but I've been wanting to go back and take Jared! We are big fans of Louisville- all the different museums, 4th street live, the Galt House hotel at Christmas, etc! :)

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  13. Yes, the Martin castle in Versailles because that's where our farms/horses are :) I love KY. The mammoth caves freaked me out though.

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  14. I want to visit Mammoth Cave so badly. I knew you lived in Kentucky but didn't realize you were in Pikeville. My grandma lives in Paintsville! We go there every year for their Apple Festival in October which is a lot of fun :]

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    1. Oh that's awesome! Yes I've been to Apple Days many times!

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  15. Confession time: I've never been to the Breaks! I don't know how that happened, but it's on my list of things to do!

    Tif
    www.brightonabudget.com

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  16. Kentucky is so beautiful! I would love to take a weekend trip at some point (since I live so close)!! You, Tiffany and me could explore! :-) I completely agree with you about exploring, Nashville has changed so much and I feel like a tourist sometimes and am trying to keep up with all the new places! It's so fun to go new places! :)

    Brittany,
    www.lawyerlookbook.com

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  17. I've never been, but if I ever go I'll use these tips. Great photos and thanks for sharing!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com/

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  18. I live in Owensboro, and you're totally missing Owensboro's world-famous mutton and burgoo! I've never been to the eastern part of the state.

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  19. I just now finally read this & love this post!! I'm in W. KY (Owensboro) and you definitely need to come check out this part of the state! Lots to see & experience :)

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  20. I've never been to Kentucky but it's on my list to accomplish in the next 5 years (hit all 50 states before turning 30). Will definitely keep these tips in mind once I finally plan a trip!

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  21. Kentucky is so beautiful! And there are so many outdoors things that you can do. I especially love it here in Lexington with all of the horse farms all around and only just over an hour to the Gorge. Miguel's is a favorite place of my husband and I's, AND they serve gluten free pizza there now too!
    Have you ever heard of Summit Engineering there in Pikeville?

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