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Here are just a few places to check off your Kentucky bucket list:

Mammoth Cave National Park
Check this off your bucket list - a trip to the world's longest known cave system, found right here in Kentucky. In the south-central region of the state, Mammoth Cave National Park attracts curiosity seekers from around the world. With more than 400 miles of caves explored, the vast chambers and complex labyrinths earned it the name mammoth.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Tour the Birthplace of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, located in Hodgenville.  Climb the 56 steps (one for each year of his life) of this National Historical Park to the monument erected in his honor housing a replica log cabin similar to the one in which he was born. Wear your own stove pipe hat and sing "Happy Birthday" each February as the park commemorates his birth. 
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park 

At the majestic Cumberland Falls, known as the Niagra of the South, you can marvel at the 125 foot wide waterfall and stay at the stone Dupont Lodge at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Visit during a full moon and see the rare moonbow. 


Churchill Downs and The Kentucky Derby Museum

Plan a day at the Churchill Downs, the "World's Most Legendary Racetrack". Churchill Downs is one of the most hallowed shrines in American Sports, and since its founding in 1874, has hosted the nation's top Thoroughbreds in competition for some of the sport's largest purses. On the first Saturday in May, the sports world's spotlight shines on Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, known as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. 

Rosine, birthplace of Bluegrass Music and Bill Monroe

Step back into music history at the beautifully restored boyhood home of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music." Imagine the musician's life with his family high on wooded Jerusalem Ridge. Guided tours are given, often by those who knew Bill or members of his family. Located 6 miles east of Beaver Dam. And while you there stop by the Rosine Barn Jamboree listed as one of the "52 Places to Go in 2016" by the New York Times.




Harland Sander's Cafe, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Eat at Harland Sanders café in Corbin which celebrates the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, who operated this restaurant from 1940-1956.

Paducah, an UNESCO Creative City
Visit this lovely western Kentucky town, a UNESCO designated City of Crafts & Folk Art. This designation recognizes the important role in of connectivity of cultures through creativity, particularly quilting. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene, tour the National Quilt Museum, the largest museum in the world devoted to quilts and fiber arts or stroll along the murals decorating the town's floodwalls. 

National Corvette Museum
See the sinkhole exhibit at the National Corvette Museum along with over 70 Corvettes in periodic settings including mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs.


Kentucky celebrates the 225th anniversary of statehood this year. Join us in this celebration and create your own Kentucky bucket list, with all the sights, sounds and flavors that make our Commonwealth unique.