Kentucky may be known for bourbon and fried chicken, but the state is also famous for its horses. Lexington is known as “the Horse Capital of the World,” and even though it’s the second-largest city in Kentucky, it is surrounded by the beautiful horse farms that the area is famous for. Take a Bluegrass country driving tour on this epic Kentucky horse country road trip that’s one of the best day trips in the state!

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Now that you’ve seen the beauty of the heart of Kentucky horse country, who’s ready for this adventure, one of the best road trips in Kentucky? Be sure to use our Road Trip Essentials Packing List & Guide to help plan your trip. For related content, be sure to check out this delightful Kentucky day trip itinerary.

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Are there many day trips in Kentucky?

Yes! Whether you're the kind of person who enjoys exploring little-know towns and hidden gems, or you prefer more epic, bucket-list-level adventures, you'll be thrilled by your options in the Bluegrass State. Still wondering "what are the best day trips near me in Kentucky?" Check out this guide we put together, which has our very favorite and highly rated road trips, one for each month of the year. Now go have an adventure!

What are some must-visit places in Kentucky?

How much time do you have? Because Kentucky is home to a near-endless list of adventures perfect for any bucket list! Some absolute must-visit places in the Bluegrass State include Mammoth Cave, Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, the Louisville Mega Cavern, Kentucky Lake, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Horse Park, and Bardstown, which is known as the Bourbon Capital of the World!

What are some things to do at Kentucky Horse Park?

One of the most well-known and beloved attractions in the Bluegrass, Kentucky Horse Park is one of those places each and every Kentuckian needs to visit at least once in their lifetime. This park is one big love letter to all things equestrian; horses are the main feature at the park and you'll see them just about everywhere, and get a hands-on lesson in horses and their relation to Kentucky's history and culture. But there are many other things to see and do here, like going for a horseback ride! Visitors ages 7 and up will love adding on a horseback trail ride to their visit, which is available seasonally from April through October. This 35-minute ride is a great way to see the pastures and views around the park, and will make your entire experience of the Kentucky Horse Park totally unforgettable.

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