Home to some of history’s greatest sporting icons and most of the world’s bourbon – Kentucky doesn’t do things by halves. Its cultural repertoire is as big and bold as you can get and on this week-long trip we’ll take you on cultural expedition through the hip foodie haunts, creative enclaves and best bourbon distilleries. Get ready for a taste of real American culture.
ARTISTIC STAYS AND SPORTING GREATS
Your journey begins in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, where we’ll quickly immerse you in the fascinating and varied cultural activities on offer. Bury yourself in all things baseball at the Louisville Slugger Museum, or nip over to the Muhammad Ali Center to air-box with the greatest in his hometown. For the racing fans, we’ll make sure you pit-stop at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby, to soak-up the atmosphere.
Next it’s the street of the hip NuLu district for your first taste of Kentucky’s growing foodie scene. Decca showcases Kentucky’s dedication to its farming community with plates of local artisan produce served alongside local art exhibitions and music. Or you could head straight to your art house bolthole at the 21C Museum Hotel, whose Proof on Main restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town. Once you’ve filled your mind with art and culture, and your belly with the incredible food, just head upstairs to your design-chic room to rest your head.Read more
ROAD TRIPS AND BOURBON TRAILS
It’s time to hit the road on your cultural Kentucky expedition. After a stopover at Paducah, a UNESCO city of Crafts & Folk Art, to tour its Lower Town Arts District and rest your head for a night, you’re off the next day to Bowling Green to admire the hot rods at the National Corvette Museum. In the afternoon, drive north stopping to picnic at Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the longest cave system in the world. For a true Kentucky countryside experience, stay at Country Girl at Heart, a working farm set amongst rolling hills lit by fireflies at night.
After a farm-fresh breakfast, make your way to Bardstown to say hello to My Old Kentucky Home and then get started on the Bourbon Trail. From the big names, like Maker’s Mark and Woodfood Reserve, to the boutique there are plenty of great Bourbon distilleries to choose from where you can sample America’s national drink. After your tour, continue on to Harrodsburg, for classic Southern hospitality at the Beaumont Inn.
HISTORY’S MOVERS & SHAKERS
The next day you’ll be stepping back in time at one of Kentucky’s more unique historical landmarks, the Shaker Village. Learn about agricultural ingenuity of Kentucky’s pioneering Shaker community and lunch on their seed-to-table dining. Afterwards head to Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital, where you’ll have time to brush up on more rich history in its churches and heritage buildings.
RIVER BOATS AND NORTHERN DELIGHTS
Moving on to Northern Kentucky, families and marine-life lovers can take a trip to Newport’s Aquarium before making your way to the city lights of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Step aboard a riverboat for the best views of the glittering skylines. The next day will take you back to the streets of Louisville to finish exploring Kentucky’s cool urban center. Take in some live music at Gerstle’s Place, the anchor of the recently revitalized East End nightlife district, or try some boutique storeping amid NuLu’s art galleries and antiques stores. Or head to Whiskey Row for one last sip of bourbon heritage at the Evans Williams distillery tour—the perfect toast to end your Kentucky cultural tour.