Traveling in Kentucky
The southern state of Kentucky is most famous for its city of Louisville and its world renowned horse race, the Kentucky Derby. Before my visit I had expected a similar state to West Virginia, with small towns but lots of outdoor opportunities. After I visited I was taken by surprise all the things Kentucky has to offer. I was really impressed by all the things to do in Louisville and the capital Frankfort. The Mammoth Caves are one of the most impressive cave systems the US has to offer, and the rest of the outdoor opportunities are unlimited. I really think Kentucky is one of the most overlooked travel destinations in the US.
The largely rural state of Kentucky has one of America’s largest cities of Louisville with a population of over a quarter million. Louisville is proud of its unique architecture, large downtown area and its highlands district. Most famous of Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Festival, which is one of America’s largest events. Several races, air shows, marathons and other events take place for two weeks, finishing off with the world famous horse race in May.
With over 70 historic sites and dozens of outdoor adventures within the vicinity of Frankfort, Kentucky’s small capital has plenty to see and do. The man who first explored what is now Kentucky and brought with him 200,000 settlers at the end of the 18th century, Daniel Boone, is buried in a cemetery that overlooks the city. The surrounding nature offers wildlife sanctuaries and scenic routes with panoramic views of the capital.
Bowling Green is the third largest city in Kentucky, known for its Civil War history, museums and for its Corvette factory. There is plenty to do in Bowling Green, but tours of the Corvette factory and its large museum attract people from all over the country.
As the world’s longest cave system, Mammoth Caves brings in millions of tourists each year and became a World Heritage Site in 1981. The total cave system covers about 360 miles and counting, as explorers are still finding new links to other caves in the area. If anyone is interested in spelunking then Mammoth Caves is their mecca of the sport. For tourists, both casual educational trips are available as well as hard core caving adventures.