Kentucky Travel Guide

Kentucky Travel Guide

Kentucky is a mid eastern state of the US. Frankfort is its capital and its most prominent attractions include horse racing and the fabulous lakes. Kentucky is also traditionally and factually a part of the American South. It is known for popular food, (Kentucky Fried Chicken) the bluegrass traditions and music.


Kentucky Official Language(s) English
Kentucky Demonym Kentuckian
Kentucky Capital Frankfort
Kentucky Largest City Louisville
Kentucky Largest Metro Area Louisville Metro
Kentucky Area  Ranked 37th in the US
 - Total 40,409 sq mi
(104,659 km2)
 - Width 140 miles (225 km)
 - Length 379 miles (610 km)
 - % water 1.7
 - Latitude 36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N
 - Longitude 81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W
Kentucky Population  Ranked 26th in the US
 - Total 4,314,113 (2009 est.)
4,041,769 (2000)
- Density 101.7/sq mi  (39.28/km2)
Ranked 22nd in the US
Kentucky Elevation  
 - Highest point Black Mountain
4,145 ft  (1,263 m)
 - Mean 755 ft  (230 m)
 - Lowest point Mississippi River
257 ft  (78 m)
Kentucky Before Statehood Kentucky County, Virginia
Kentucky Admission to Union  June 1, 1792 (15th)
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D)
Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo (D)
Kentucky Legislature General Assembly
 - Upper house Senate
 - Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R)
Jim Bunning (R)
U.S. House delegation 4 Republicans, 2 Democrats
Kentucky Time Zones  
 - eastern half Eastern: UTC-5 / DST-4
 - western half Central: UTC-6 / DST-5
Kentucky Abbreviations KY US-KY
Kentucky Website


Kentucky Travel Guides

The state also boasts major controlled-access roads termed as "Parkways" administered by the state. Many roads came up as  toll roads but since then have been converted to  freeways.

Kentucky Airways Guide

There are three prominent airports in the state. Louisville International Airport is facilitated with many popular airlines, i.e. Frontier, Southwest, Delta/Delta Connection, United Express, American Airlines/American Eagle, US Express, and Continental Express. Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport is primary hub for Delta, and is also coupled with American Eagle, Delta Connection, US Airways Express, United Express, Continental Connection/Continental Express, Comair, and USA 3000. Blue Grass Field offers flights to many cities in the mid eastern and western parts of the country via American Eagle, United Express, US Express, and Delta Connection.

Travel Guide for Biggest Attractions of Kentucky

  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park: Completed in 1818, the home is decorated with heirlooms and old paintings. It is said that Stephen Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" in 1852 while visiting this park. Tours are undertaken by guides regularly.

  • General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant: Situated in Bowling Green is the only production unit for the classic American sports car, the two-seat Cadillac XLR and the Chevrolet Corvette. After 1982 all the Corvettes manufactured was produced at the Bowling Green plant. The plant is open to tourists and you can enjoy 1 hour guided walking tours of parts of the assembly area.

  • National Corvette Museum: Located in Bowling Green, this manifests more than 75 Corvettes in addition to one of the original 1953 Corvettes and many other rare 'Vettes. Also showcased are photographs, television, advertisements, commercials, and Corvette memorabilia.

  • Lost River Cave & Valley: Situated in Bowling Green, the Lost River Cave & Valley provides a 45-minute tour of a cave found by Indians 10,000 years ago. The cave, which maintains a continuous 56 F, was a shelter for Indians, the location of a 19th-century water-powered plant, a campsite was used on both the sides at the Civil War, it was a place for the outlaw Jesse James where he could protect himself, and a well known night club of 1930s. In the summer season a butterfly exhibit can also be witnessed.

  • Crystal Onyx Cave: Located in Cave City, this cave contains rare onyx formations, a cave dwelling wildlife and a cave. An Indian burial site is also located of 680 B.C. Guided 1 hour tours are undertaken regularly.

  • Mammoth Cave National Park: Located Northeast of Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave National Park is spread over 52,830 acres. Within the park is Mammoth Cave, which is the longest known cave system found in the world. It manifests 365 miles of underground passages. Guided tours are conducted to view this park also.

  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia: Situated in Elizabethtown, the museum portraits more than 1,000 articles of Coca-Cola memorabilia, in addition to calendars, trays, vending machines, soda fountains, and promotional articles.

  • Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum: Situated in Elizabethtown, it showcase vintage automobiles in the museum i.e. Packards, Hupmobiles Pierce Arrows, and a 1939 Rolls Royce.

  • Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor: Situated on Fort Knox army base the museum is named after WWII General George Patton. Showcase items include Japanese and German war artifacts, a comprehensive collection of US and foreign weapons and tanks and mementos of Patton's military time, in addition to his wartime caravan truck and the sedan in which he was deadly injured in 1945.

  • US Bullion Depository: The treasure house of 1937 is bombproof; its roof and walls are made with huge granite blocks. At several times the vault has also conducted the Magna Carta, British Crown Jewels, the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

  • Maker's Mark Distillery: Located in Loretto, the distillery began function in 1805. The former master distiller's home is now the tourist center and the starting point for the 50 minute guided tour.

  • Jim Beam's American Outpost: Located in Clermont, here a film about the burbon making process is displayed in the tourist center, a copy of an old tobacco barn.

  • Churchill Downs: Situated in Louisville on 700 Central Ave., Churchill Downs is the popular racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is conducted. Racing seasons are April through July and October to November. A guided tour is offered for almost 30 minutes.

  • Kentucky Derby Museum: Located next to Gate 1 of Churchill Downs, the museum displays the Kentucky Derby and thoroughbred industry. The museum is dedicated to racing artifacts, fine art and interactive exhibits which exhibits the culture of Derby Day.

  • Louisville Slugger Museum: Located in downtown Louisville, the specialty of the entrance is a 20 foot, 68,000 pound steel bat. You can witness collections of baseball memorabilia prior to moving on to the guided tour of the manufacturing facility where you can view the bats being manufactured.