The state of Kentucky has become synonymous with horses and horseracing—thanks in part to the Kentucky Derby. Held in Louisville's best-known and most-visited attraction, the Churchill Downs Race Track, the Kentucky Derby draws some 120,000 live spectators and millions of television viewers every year.
Another reason is the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, called the horse capital of the world. The park houses a memorial to Man o' War, one of the greatest racehorses, and features the International Museum of the Horse, the world's largest, and wagon rides, guided trail rides, and pony rides for children.
is also home to the Mammoth Cave National Park, with more than 350 miles of explored passageways. As the world's longest known cave system, it has been declared a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. Several rare animal species and many types of cave formations can be found here.
Visitors will enjoy a trip to Land Between The Lakes (LBL)—the 40-mile-long peninsula between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Now a World Biosphere Reserve, this is a great vacation spot for the family. It features more than 300 miles of shoreline and opportunities for outdoor activities.
Restaurants and eateries abound throughout the state. Lexington has the Alfalfa Restaurant, the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort, Murrays, Parkette Drive-In, and Tomo Restaurant. Louisville prides in its Kingfish Seafood, Le Relaix at Bowman Field, Limestone Restaurant, Lynn's Paradise Cafe and Mike Linnig's Seafood. When in Owensboro, drop in at Moonlite BBQ. In Bowling Green, the Brickyard Cafe and Mariah's 1818 are the better-known eateries.
For movie and television fans, some trivia: Ashland is home to the talented Judd family, while Rosemary Clooney called Maysville home. Elizabethtown also became popular via the movies.