Travel Destination & Tourist Attractions List in Kentucky

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Note: 37 cities above are not determine the city count in Kentucky. The real count number probably more than we enlisted here.

Kentucky Brief Info

Kentucky, officially the Kentucky Commonwealth, is a state situated in the United States ' south-central east region. Although named in the statute establishing it as the "State of Kentucky" (because the word "state" was used in the first constitution of Kentucky), Kentucky is one of four U.S. states known as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Initially a member of Virginia, Kentucky broke away from it in 1792 and became the fifteenth state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th largest and the 26th most populous of the 50 U.S.

Kentucky is named the "Bluegrass State" a bluegrass-based term, a grass species found in many of its pastures. One of Kentucky's main areas is the Bluegrass region in central Kentucky, home to two of its biggest cities, Louisville and Lexington. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the longest cave system in the world, Mammoth Cave National Park, one of the largest lengths of navigable waterways and streams in the adjacent United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.

Kentucky Governor Paul Patton unveiled the state slogan "It's that friendly" in December 2002, hoping to attract more people to the state on the basis of the idea of southern hospitality. Although this initiative was intended to promote southern ideals, most Kentuckians dismissed the message as simplistic and ineffective. It was soon seen that tourism was not motivated by the slogan as much as originally hoped. So the government decided to create a new slogan to embrace Kentucky as a whole while encouraging more people to visit the Bluegrass.

Bardstown houses My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, a tourist attraction. Travel along a 20-mile (30 km) stretch of rail bought from CSX in 1987, visitors are served a four-course meal as they make a two-and - a-half-hour round trip between Bardstown and Limestone Springs. Nearby New Haven is the Kentucky Railway Museum.

Natural attractions:

  • Red River Gorge is one of Kentucky's most visited places.
  • Forest at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, Meade County, Kentucky.
  • Cumberland Gap, chief passageway through the Appalachian Mountains in early American history.
  • Cumberland Falls, the only place in the Western Hemisphere where a "moonbow" may be regularly seen, due to the spray of the falls.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, featuring the world's longest known cave system.
  • Red River Gorge Geological Area, part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
  • Land Between the Lakes, a National Recreation Area managed by the United States Forest Service.
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area near Whitley City.
  • Black Mountain, state's highest point. Runs along the south ridge of Pine Mountain in Letcher County, Kentucky. The highest point located in Harlan County.
  • Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve, 2,639-acre (11 km2) state nature preserve on southern slope of Pine Mountain in Letcher County.
  • Includes one of the largest concentrations of rare and endangered species in the state, as well as a 60-foot (18 m) waterfall and a Kentucky Wild River.
  • Jefferson Memorial Forest, located in the southern fringes of Louisville in the Knobs region, the largest municipally run forest in the United States.
  • Lake Cumberland, 1,255 miles (2,020 km) of shoreline located in South Central Kentucky.
  • Natural Bridge, located in Slade, Kentucky Powell County.
  • Breaks Interstate Park, located in southeastern Pike County, Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia. The Breaks is commonly known as the "Grand Canyon of the South".
  • Read: Kentucky Wikipedia Page

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