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Honest Abe, Caves and Corvettes

Head southwest to see a number of destinations that can only be found in Kentucky.  The birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, the longest cave system in the world and the only assembly plant of the Corvette!

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First stop is Lincoln's boyhood home at Knob Creek--his home from the time he was 2 to nearly 8. From Lexington take U.S. 60 West to Exit 72 (Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway). Proceed on Bluegrass Parkway to Exit 21 (Bardstown, U.S .31E). Follow US 31E South for approximately 20 miles; entrance to the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home is on the right.

Next stop on your Lincoln odyssey is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. A replica of an early 19th century cabin is enshrined inside the magnificent Memorial Building. Also on the site is Sinking Spring, which provided water for the property. From his Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, turn right onto US 31E. Proceed southwest for approximately 10 miles and you'll see the picnic entrance on left and main entrance on your right.

While in this area, visit the town of Hodgenville and the Lincoln Museum. This site chronicles Lincolns life with memorabilia, dioramas and an art gallery.

From Hodgenville, continue southwest on KY84 to I-65.

Once on I-65, many options are worthy of consideration. The exit 58 at Horse Cave provides a little bit of Australia right here in Kentucky-- Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. Discovered in 1799, less than a decade after Kentucky became a state, Mammoth Onyx Cave is still one of the most beautiful and easily accessible caves in the US and is located on this property.

Outside of Cave City, attractions include Mammoth Cave National Park, just off exit 53.The longest cave system in the world offers tours for anyone with any degree of hiking ability. There's a historic tour or take one of the many others that afford different sights. For the more adventuresome, there's an introduction to caving and a Wild Cave Tour.

Another of the top Cave City attractions, Dinosaur World, Kentucky’s prehistoric paradise, is on your right as you head back to I-65. From the fossil dig to the bone yard, this family-friendly property may entice kids to become paleontologists.

Back down I-65 brake for the National Corvette Museum at Exit 28 in Bowling Green. The Corvette is Americas Sports car and this is the place to see the rotating collections of this car. See the temporary exhibit that explains the "cave-in" that tells the story of the 2014 sinkhole that happened in the museum's skydome. 

Stay awhile and explore Bowling Green. The charming town square and Western Kentucky University make this a both nostalgic and modern city to visit. Stop at the Visitors Center and map out more adventure. Located just off I-65 exit 22, about 1/4 mile down Three Springs Road look for the brown log cabin on the left.

From high-tech sports cars at the Corvette Museum to prehistoric creatures at Dinosaur World, Kentucky has a plenty to offer the adventurous traveler.