Kentucky February 01, 2018
13 Places In Kentucky That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
If you’re a big fan of Kentucky, and we hope that you are, then you may argue that our state is the best in the country. We have the perfect mix of big cities, small towns, and rural countryside. We offer everything from trendy bars and restaurants to tours of horse farms and hiking through rocky gorges. Some may say Kentucky has a little bit of everything and even more would say that a piece of it always stays in your heart. As wonderful as the entire state is, there are 13 places in Kentucky that really bring us to the top of the list. These 13 destinations in the Bluegrass State aren’t just great, they are better than anywhere else in the country.
1. Cumberland Falls
Each season is pure magic at Kentucky's very own "Niagara of the South." This grand waterfall is beautiful from every vantage point and is fairly accessible, so everyone can enjoy it. It's also home to the famous Moonbow - a rare phenomenon when a rainbow appears in the moonlight.
2. The Kentucky Derby
There is nothing quite like being in the stands of Churchill Downs, wearing a big hat and drinking a mint julep, and cheering on the fastest horses in the world. Kentucky celebrates the most exciting two minutes in sports in a big way and it's one of few times when the world's eyes are all on the Bluegrass State.
3. Pilot Knob and the other Overlooks of Kentucky
So many think of Kentucky as a state of rolling hills and do not realize that those hills grow to mountains and ridges that create the most majestic overlooks. Hiking around Pilot Knob is one example of these sweeping views and stunning natural beauty that is on display throughout Kentucky.
4. Cave Run Lake
Kentucky has countless, beautiful lakes, but Cave Run Lake definitely has that emerald, pristine appeal. This stunning lake is often overlooked for other lakes in Kentucky, but we think it really shines, even when put up against the other memorable lakes around the country.
5. A College Basketball Game
Aside from maybe horse racing, college basketball is THE sport in Kentucky. Whether you're a UK fan or cheer on the Cardinals, there is nothing quite like watching your Kentucky-based team play, especially in the those winner-takes-all tournament situations.
6. Natural Arch
This natural wonder is surprising to many who don't already know how geologically diverse Kentucky really is. The hike around and across this naturally made arch and pathway is unforgettable and a definite bucket list item for all Kentuckians.
7. Thunder Over Louisville
Called one of the greatest fireworks displays in the world, Thunder Over Louisville is when Kentucky really shows off. The views of the massive fireworks, illuminating the Louisville skyline and the Ohio River are nothing short of mesmerizing.
8. Mammoth Cave
As the world's longest known cave system, Mammoth Cave truly is a one-of-a-kind destination that can be found right here in Kentucky. There's a tour to please everyone's curiosity level and you'll surely be mesmerized by the grandeur and mystery of this incredible cave system.
9. Kentucky's State Parks
Of course Kentuckians believe we have the best state parks system in the country, but many outside of our state would agree! Referred to as the nation's finest collection of parks, you can choose from dozens of options and you'll be amazed by each one. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is pictured above and it is one of many that will surely provide a memorable getaway.
10. Old Frankfort Pike
This one street in Kentucky is truly one of the most beautiful in the world. With a combination of dark wood fencing and stone walls that border rolling hills of horse farms, it's a magical place. When you turn on to this country road, you don't quite know what you're in for and then you realize you've discovered some place special.
11. The Bourbon Trail
Where else on Earth could there be a Bourbon Trail than right here in Kentucky? To go from distillery to distillery and travel through this beautiful part of our state is a memorable experience and one that meets the needs of both Bourbon lovers and those who simply appreciate history and natural beauty.
12. Red River Gorge
Red River Gorge is home to so many stunning scenes and hiking trails, which is why it attracts visitors from all over the world. It's a slice of heaven, right here in Kentucky, and gives our state even more geographical diversity.
13. Horse Country
Kentucky is known for its spectacular horse country and it really is a unique area of our country. If you ever drive past these horse farms, it's so difficult not to pull over, hop up on a fence and just take in the beauty of this iconic section of the Bluegrass State.
After reading this list, is there any doubt that Kentucky is an incredible state? Did your favorite feature of Kentucky make the list? What would you add to it? Let us know in the comments!
And if you want to see more of beautiful Kentucky, check out our previous article