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Bourbon Country

Follow a Bourbon Trail to see and taste it all

The Scots have their Scotch. Italians, their wine. Russians, their Vodka. In America, we’ve got our Bourbon. Known as “America’s Native Spirit,” it’s the only alcohol that is a distinctive product of the United States.

In Kentucky, we take pride in that, especially considering 95 percent of this corn-based, caramel colored sipping icon is distilled, aged and bottled right here in the state’s Bourbon Country. It’s big business for the Bluegrass State. But more than industry, Bourbon is a culture, a history and heritage built by generations of Kentuckians from as early as the late 18th century.

Today, you too can experience the culture of Kentucky Bourbon Country – hit the high points on a self-guided bourbon trail or just stop by your favorite distillery for a tour.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail through the heart of bourbon country and stop in on eight of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Bourbon trail allows you to tour Bourbon Country and experience the bourbon making process, view the facilities,  amazingly beautiful surrounding landscapes, and stick around for an after-tour bourbon tasting.

Urban Bourbon Trail

Headed back to the city? Once you’re done with your tour of bourbon country, the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville – a bourbon town if there ever was one – should be your next stop. The trail consists of “the world’s best bourbon bars,” all of which must serve at least 50 different kinds of Bourbon and hold at least one Bourbon-related event each month. Many even specialize in bourbon-related food dishes.

Other Bourbon Distilleries

Other Kentucky bourbon distilleries are also located in Bourbon Country.  Distilleries such as Buffalo Trace and Barton 1792 Distillery are definitely worth visiting, and offer exciting tours and free tastings.

Use the search below to explore and find more information about bourbon in Kentucky, bourbon tour experiences and additional attractions and events.

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Region Bardstown, KY
Tour a fully operating distillery in Bardstown. All ages welcome.
We can accomodate any size group!
Region Lexington, KY
Blue Grass Tours & Charters in Central Kentucky's oldest tour and travel company.  The extensive fleet includes 55 and 47 passenger motorcoaches, executive custom coa...
Freddie
Region Frankfort, KY
In Kentucky, buffalo carved a pathway that was followed by America's early pioneers. On the spot where the buffalo migration route crossed the Kentucky River, we've been makin...
Silver trail Distillery
Region Hardin, KY
Craft Distillery  LBL Moonshine All tours begin at the LBL Moonshine Museum in Aurora, KY. The museum can be toured at no cost.  Distillery tour tickets are $7...
Town Branch Distillery
Region Lexington, KY
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail now runs through Lexington because of its only craft member, Town Branch® Bourbon. One of bourbon’s most distinctive qualitie...
Urban Bourbon Trail
Region Louisville, KY
Centered around Louisville the Urban Bourbon Trail is over 20 establishments. Hotels, bars and restaurants, each offering an unique Bourbon experience whether it be a Bourbon ...
Brand New Visitor
Region Lawrenceburg, KY
Home of Wild Turkey, 101 proof bourbon. Gift shop hours: 8:30am til 4:30pm. Tours are available Monday through Saturday at 9am; 10:30am; 12:30pm; and 2:30pm. Call for holiday ...
Region Danville, KY
Wilderness Trail Distillery is the oldest legal distillery in historic Danville, Kentucky. We are a premium craft distillery that produces 100% of our high quality spirits,...
Willett Distillery
Region Bardstown, KY
Tour times on the hour, Mon. - Sat.,10 a.m., thru 4 p.m.;  Sun. (March - Dec.) 12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 3 p.m., Closed Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving...
Region Frankfort, KY
Experience firsthand the history of wine and bourbon on a trip through the rolling Bluegrass. Visit sites in Frankfort, Lawrenceburg and Midway to learn how these two beverag...
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