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Ken­tucky sits at a strate­gic po­si­tion in the U.S. – a front porch to the south and a gate­way to the Mid­west. And it’s eas­ier than ever to reach, thanks to di­rect Bri­tish Air­ways flights to nearby Nashville.

It’s fa­mous for bour­bon, the Derby and fried chicken, but Ken­tucky has so much more to of­fer visi­tors.

In Cen­tral Ken­tucky are the rolling blue­grass, white fences and horse farms the state’s fa­mous for, but in the west are the Ohio and Mis­sis­sippi rivers, south are miles of lakes and wa­ter­ways and trav­ellers who head east will hit the Ap­palachian Moun­tains.

Dis­cover di­ver­sity

Add Ken­tucky to a south­ern states tour through Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama and Ten­nessee, soak­ing up blues, coun­try, blue­grass and, of course, a lit­tle bour­bon!

But there are some more un­usual tours for visi­tors to Ken­tucky. In Bowl­ing Green, just 1.5 hours from Nashville, visi­tors can soak in clas­sic Amer­i­cana at the Na­tional Corvette Musem – over 80 Corvettes rang­ing from mint clas­sic to one-of-a-kind pro­to­types. Or sug­gest they head to north to New­port for a gang­ster tour to dis­cover how this lit­tle town gave birth to mod­ern day gam­ing.

Best for Blue­grass

The at­trac­tive river town of Owens­boro is a cen­tre for bar­be­cue and blue­grass and, af­ter a 15 mil­lion dol­lar up­grade, its Blue­grass Mu­sic Hall of Fame & Mu­seum is open. Ex­pect ro­tat­ing ex­hibits, a 450-seat theatre, an out­side am­phithe­atre and an in­ter­ac­tive ‘pickin’ room where visi­tors can try play­ing the in­stru­ments them­selves.

Bur­geon­ing cre­ative cen­tre

In western Ken­tucky, at the con­flu­ence of the Mis­sis­sippi and Ohio rivers and look­ing over to Illi­nois, is the old river town of Pa­d­u­cah. With the river’s use as a trade route dwin­dling, an in­no­va­tive artist re­lo­ca­tion in­cen­tive has rein­vig­o­rated down­town and earned Pa­d­u­cah UNESCO Cre­ative City sta­tus. Head here for cool cof­fee shops, trendy restau­rants, stu­dios and gal­leries.

Ur­ban bour­bon or ru­ral rye?

Visi­tors can have a bour­bon ex­pe­ri­ence all over the state, from ru­ral towns such as Bardst­won and Ge­orge­town to the B-Line in North­ern Ken­tucky and the Ur­ban Bour­bon ex­pe­ri­ence in Louisville. Here, head to Whiskey Row, a re­vi­tal­ized part of down­town home to his­toric bour­bon brands and start-ups.

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