The Ultimate Kentucky Travel Guide

The Ultimate Kentucky Travel Guide

The Ultimate Kentucky Travel Guide

Kentucky: Blend of natural spectacles and awe-inspiring human-made wonders, including the full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. Kentucky is quite captivating! Here is my Kentucky travel guide outlining major Kentucky attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Kentucky travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Kentucky, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Kentucky attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Kentucky Attractions.

History: Kentucky was added to the union on June 1, 1792, becoming the first US state west of the Appalachian Mountains. The state got its name from the Wyandot Indian name for “plain” in reference to the central plains of the state. The state’s nickname – the Bluegrass State, is because of the vast expanses of Bluegrass, a species of grass, found across the state. Kentucky is famous for breeding horses, tobacco farms, and, of course, the Kentucky Derby.

Geography: Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio border Kentucky in the north. In the south, Kentucky is bordered by Tennessee. West Virginia and Virginia border Kentucky on the east, and Missouri borders Kentucky on the west. Kentucky Bend, a non-contiguous land that is entirely surrounded by Missouri and Tennessee, is actually part of Kentucky. 

Getting There

Flight: Louisville International Airport (SDF), Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX), and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl (CVG) are the major airports in Kentucky.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could drive to Kentucky.

Train: Amtrak offers two rail services (1) City of New Orleans connecting – Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans; stopping at Fulton, KY (FTN) and (2) Cardinal connecting – New York, Washington, DC, Charlottesville, Charleston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago, stopping at Ashland, KY (AKY), South Shore, KY and Maysville, KY (MAY)


Climate: Summers are hot, wet, and humid, with temperatures often going above 95°F. Winters are cold, but bitter with nightly temperatures below 23°F. Spring is mild, and Autumn is pleasant and mostly sunny. Check current weather conditions in Kentucky.

Time zone: Central Daylight Time UTC-5, Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: I highly recommend renting a car, public transportation is sparse, found in some cities – Louisville offers TARC, Transit Authority of River City, serving Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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Best Places To Visit in Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

Preserves the longest known cave system on earth, with 400+ miles of explored caves and passageways. Mammoth Cave is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Central Kentucky.

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Ark Encounter

The Ark Encounter features a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, known to be the most massive timber-frame structure in the world. 

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Creation Museum

The museum enables families and children to learn and experience the earth’s history as God has revealed it in the Bible, with stunning exhibits, botanical gardens, planetarium, and more. 

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