With the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2008-2010, the 2008 Ryder Cup and the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games set to be held in Kentucky, the Bluegrass State will be in the international spotlight as never before. These exceptional events provide more reason than ever to come see what makes Kentucky such an enticing destination.
Scenic beauty, genuine hospitality and an “Unbridled Spirit” are hallmarks of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. From the imposing Appalachian Mountains in the east to the picturesque horse farms of the central Kentucky Bluegrass region to the magnificent western lakes, Kentucky boasts natural beauty to match any other state in the Union.
Kentucky features several national treasures: a World Heritage Site (Mammoth Cave), two National Historical Parks (Cumberland Gap and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace), two National Recreational Areas (Land Between the Lakes and Big South Fork), a National Forest (Daniel Boone), and a National Geological Area (Red River Gorge).
Kentucky also offers lively modern metropolitan areas such as Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky with their soaring skylines and vibrant cultural life. The charms of limitless historic and picturesque smaller towns also make visitors long to linger.
Kentucky’s combined 52 state parks and historic sites are widely known as among the best in the nation. Renowned for magnificent vistas and beautiful wooded settings, 17 of them are resorts with comfortable lodges for overnight stays. At others, golfers will find challenging courses amid outstanding natural surroundings. Water sports and outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy exceptional fishing, boating, hiking, biking, rock climbing and camping.
While these natural and man-made attractions lure visitors to Kentucky, it’s the genuine hospitality of its people that entices them to stay and return for future encounters. Kentuckians are proud of their unique heritage and want to share it with visitors. Now more than ever before, Kentucky is truly a world-class destination.