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Kentucky Travel Regions

With nine distinct travel regions, there’s a whole lot more to Kentucky than bluegrass.

From Paducah to Pikeville, you’ll find lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, forests, mountains and rolling fields of bluegrass dotted with horse farms and bourbon distilleries. You’ll also find exciting cities, rich culinary traditions and more outdoor adventures than you can possibly squeeze into one trip. Explore each of Kentucky’s travel regions below and start building your Bluegrass bucket list.

Western Waterlands
Famed for its abundant lakes and rivers, the Western Waterlands region is also teeming with scenic drives, small-town charm and a major arts & crafts scene in Paducah.

Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ
The birthplace of bluegrass music and famous Western Kentucky BBQ, this rich region is best explored with open ears and an empty stomach. 

Bourbon, Horses & History
In cities and small towns from Louisville to Bardstown, discover multifaceted history, cutting-edge cuisine, exciting attractions, world-famous bourbon distilleries and a little race called the Kentucky Derby.

Northern Kentucky River Region
Just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, the “Top of the South” offers outdoor adventure, fascinating history and Kentucky bourbon galore.

Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone
In the heart of Horse Country, you can live out equestrian adventures, visit Kentucky’s capital, experience pioneer life and explore the dynamic cultural heritage of cities like Lexington and Berea.

Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
Above and underground, experience some of Kentucky’s most magnificent natural wonders and full-throttle adventures. 

Southern Shorelines
Splash into fun family times in Kentucky’s Southern Kentucky Vacations region, home to the Houseboat Capital of the World, Lake Cumberland.

Daniel Boone Country
Frontiersman Daniel Boone may have had this ruggedly beautiful outdoor paradise in mind when he said “Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”

Kentucky Appalachians
Discover a region where unsurpassed natural beauty, varied outdoor recreation, country music heritage and fascinating folk culture beckons visitors to look, listen and learn.