Race horses. Fine whiskey. Coal. The Bluegrass State has earned a reputation for all of these things.

My travels in Kentucky were limited to driving through (usually with rain) while on my way to spend a vacation in another state. That changed in 2004 when I put it on my list of places to visit and get to know a little better.

While I did not have the time to see everything — always leave something to see on the next trip — I expanded my knowledge.

Kentucky has a unique national park centered around Mammoth Cave. History and natural wonder share the space. But I did not spend my entire visit underground. A distillery tour highlighted an afternoon. History included a visit to this reproduction cabin — the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln. I topped off my visit with a stop at Fort Knox. No, they didn’t show me the gold. But I did tour a military museum and learned more about tanks and artillery than you want to read in my blog.


Let your imagination out to run when visiting historic Kentucky sites.

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