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• • • • • K E N T U C K Y • • • • •

Welcome to Kentucky -- the state that's given us folks like journalist Diane Sawyer, actor Tom Cruise, athlete Muhammad Ali, and of course, fast food master Colonel Harland Sanders (the man behind the fried chicken empire known as KFC). Even though these famous people have all hailed from the Bluegrass State, its thoroughbred horses still receive the most recognition.  Breeding and racing horses is a long-standing tradition in Kentucky, especially in the northern part of the state, where rolling countryside proves to provide a great pasture. This area is where you'll find some amazing B&Bs located within working horse farms that offer carriage rides and horseback riding.

Also in northern Kentucky, you'll find Lexington and Louisville, two of Kentucky's large cities. Business travelers will love the down-home feel of Kentucky's cities, but will still find luxury and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Lexington is a prime location for a business gathering, as it is located within 600 miles of 75 percent of the U.S. population, and is nearby 7,400 affordable hotel rooms, restaurants, entertainment and shopping (including hundreds of antique stores). Louisville also offers 17,000 reasonably-priced hotel rooms, 3,000 of which are within walking distance of downtown meeting facilities. And while you're in Louisville, make sure to check out The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat in existence. 

Since Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska, water-lovers will find plenty to do. For those seeking some extra adventure, visit the Mammoth Cave National Park, which features the world's longest known cave system and has cave adventures for every skill and ability. 

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Fall back in love with Bardstown, KY. A myriad of B&Bs are scattered throughout this quaint town, known for its romantic portrayal of Stephen Foster's life and times. Foster's inspiration of "My Old Kentucky Home" is told in an outdoor amphitheatre during the summer. "Stephen Foster-The Musical" is only one attraction in this city which is also known for trains, Bourbon, the Civil War and religious history.

Explore Kentucky's four main regions for things to do and places to stay on the Kentucky Department of Travel website. Find travel itineraries by interest and order a travel brochure.

Visitors come to Louisville for a wide variety of reasons. Louisville has seen its folk arts and crafts market burgeon through the work of the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation and boasts its own ballet, orchestra, opera, children’s theatre, and Tony Award-winning Actors Theater of Louisville. It’s the friendly faces and warm welcome of people throughout the community that keep visitors coming back for more of Louisville’s genuine hospitality.

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Historical Notes: The first horse races in Louisville were held downtown on Market Street. For safety reasons, a course was developed in 1805 at the now abandoned Shippingport Island in the Ohio River. A few other tracks opened, but the track now known as Churchill Downs didn't open until May 17, 1875

(photo courtesy of Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau/James Archambeault)