Kentucky Tourism
Back to Articles

There’s Only One



You can travel to the far reaches of the globe and not see and experience what we have in Kentucky. Hyperbole? No, it’s a fact.

There are too many to mention in one article but here are just a few:

Churchill Downs, Louisville’s legendary race track, annually hosts the word’s most exciting two-minutes in sports…there’s only one Kentucky Derby.

When the world thinks of Kentucky, images of horses grazing in rolling bluegrass pastures come to mind. We are proud to be the Horse Capital of the World, but there’s many more only ones in Kentucky.

There’s only one place where Abraham Lincoln was born and a replica of his family’s log cabin is preserved at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgenville.

There’s only one National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, where you can see more than 70 vintage Vettes, America’s sports car.  You can also tour the only manufacturing plant for the Chevrolet Corvette.

From Colonel Harland Sanders’ perfecting his secret recipe for fried chicken in Corbin to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington -- the world’s only park devoted to man’s relationship with the horse -- the Commonwealth is full of unparalleled places.
There’s only one Mammoth Cave National Park.  Visitors to the park can tour some of the more than 390 miles of charted caves and explore above ground this 50,000 acres World Heritage Site.

Cumberland Falls, the Niagara of the South, is the only place in the western hemisphere where you regularly can see a moonbow.

At Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, follow the footsteps of Daniel Boone and feel the exhilaration of the pioneers as they crossed the mountains and headed west into uncharted territory nearly 250 years ago.

Tour the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the only place where the official bat of Major League Baseball is manufactured.

Besides Abraham Lincoln, the commonwealth is the birthplace of world champion boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali; the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe; and a slew of country music artists including Loretta Lynn, the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam. For inspiration, visit the Ali Center in Louisville and travel U.S. 23 – the Country Music Highway – in eastern Kentucky, along which many country performers were born.

Kentuckians have made good in Hollywood as well. D.W. Griffith, the father of American cinema, was born and is buried in La Grange. George Clooney and his equally famous aunt Rosemary Clooney hail from northern Kentucky, where you can visit her home and museum in Augusta.

And let’s not forget bourbon. America’s native spirit was born in Kentucky, which today produces 95 percent of the world’s supply. Tour famous distilleries in central Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, where you can learn about the distilling process and taste the product.
The more you learn about these unique attractions, the more you want to travel and explore. Learning and discovering are major components of the urge to travel, and the Bluegrass State is a cornucopia of one-of-a-kind places.

There’s only one ….. Kentucky, and it’s waiting for you to discover. For more information, visit