8 Vibes that Make Lexington a One-of-a-Kind Destination
With its rolling hills, fence-lined pastures and waves of Kentucky bluegrass, a drive through the Lexington countryside is unlike anything else on Earth. Beyond those hills lies a city with an equally unique vibe.
Lexington is a youthful and welcoming place with quirky charm, known for its horses and bourbon. With its laid-back personality, Lexington provides a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering the best of Kentucky with truly authentic experiences and scenes for everyone, no matter your vibe.
It’s no secret that Lexington is the Horse Capital of the World – and horses aren’t just a vibe here, but a lifestyle. At the world-famous Keeneland Racecourse you can don your best sundress or sport coat, place your bets and celebrate with a Keeneland Breeze cocktail.
Or if you prefer an up-close and personal look at these beautiful creatures, Horse Country tours are the perfect option to get out and explore the gorgeous countryside surrounding Lexington.
Lexington is in the heart of Bourbon Country and, as a result, close to the heart of bourbon lovers. Explore all Lexington has to offer by experiencing bourbon tours from distillers like Woodford Reserve and Wild Turkey.
If you are looking to stay inside the city limits, hanging out in the Distillery District is a must. This historic part of Lexington is home to the James E. Pepper Distillery and the Barrel House Distillery. If that isn't enough bourbon variety, be sure to stop by the RD1 tasting room. After you have your tours and tastings, be sure to check out some of the other restaurants, breweries and shops.
If bourbon tastings aren't enough, you can quench your thirst by grabbing a drink at Bourbon on Rye, located at the heart of downtown.
You can’t have good bourbon without good food, and Lexington is home to both. Throughout the city you’ll find flavors from across the world with atmospheres that are out of this world, and there is no better representation of this than The Grove. Places like Girls Girls Girls Burritos, Carson’s and Corto Lima are local favorites with dishes to die for.
Or if you prefer to cook your own food, take a trip to the Lexington Farmer’s Market and get a taste of delicious locally grown produce.
Maybe your vibe is getting out in nature to get away from the stress of everyday life. One of the best places to do that is Red River Gorge, deemed one of the “Seven Wonders of the South” only 90 minutes from downtown Lexington. The gorge is home to some of the best hiking trails in the state with some of the best views, including lush forests, waterfalls, caves and iconic limestone rock formations.
Just outside of Lexington is Raven Run, 10 miles of lush greenery, open meadows and flowing streams. Go for a jog or stroll along trails that wind through forests and bridge over brooks. It’s an equally immersive, yet tranquil, alternative to the Red River Gorge.
Lexington is one of only six “University Cities” in the nation, meaning it’s a vibrant community with thriving arts and culture sectors. As a result, there’s multiple galleries throughout the city like City Gallery at the Downtown Arts Center and Bolivar Art Gallery, which are free to visit.
Feeling social? Snap the perfect Instagram pic in front of one of our 30+ murals around the city, including Eduardo Kobra’s colorful depiction of Kentucky’s own Abe Lincoln.
There’s nothing more exciting than finding something new – from a sweet pair of shoes to a cool hangout spot – and Lexington has several fresh destinations for shopping, dining and chilling.
The Summit at Fritz Farm is an outdoor shopping experience featuring a collection of restaurants and shops, both national brands and local favorites. And for those who prefer an indoor shopping experience, Greyline Station is the perfect destination. Once a bus station, this unique space is now home to a variety of shops, restaurants and bars.
Everything that’s old is cool, and Lexington is proof. That makes this city the perfect place to hunt for vintage home goods, furniture and fashions. Stores such as The Domestic and Scout Antique & Modern are great places to find reclaimed pieces for the home, and shops like Street Scene Vintage are perfect spots to discover quality fashions of the past.
Speaking of vintage, Lexington is a city with a long and rich history. There’s no shortage of museums and tours to help you explore the past, such as Ashland, which gives you an intimate look into the life of Henry Clay, one of Kentucky’s most famous historical figures.
A one-stop-shop for all things fun, downtown Lexington has a vibe for everyone. If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, LexLive fits the bill with its bowling alley, arcade, sports bar and cinema. On the north side of town, be sure to check out the Burl Arcade. With dozens of throwback pinball machines and gaming cabinets, you are in for hours of fun. There are also plenty of places for a night out on the town, such as Infinity: Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, with specialty cocktails and live entertainment, or Ona, which was named one of Esquire’s Top 21 Best Bars in America.
Ready to find your vibe? Plan your trip at www.VisitLEX.com!