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!
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.
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!
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?