The Bluegrass State is a wonderful place
to visit if you like the Great Outdoors, and its
cities provide urban settings that have that big
city feel without the sacrifice of friendliness.
Kentucky has 9 distinct regions where the diversity
of the landscape is only rivaled by the diversity
of things to do. Toward the border of Virginia,
the eastern Appalachian highlands are dramatically
stunning and may surprise you if you did not know
that the mountains in this state can soar to heights
over 4,000 feet. Kentucky's central
region is characterized by rolling hills and the
signature Bluegrass, and in the western region of
the state are a welcome array of lakes and rivers.
Across the Kentucky landscape, the state parks rival
some of the best in the nation, and if you are fond
of bourbon and thoroughbred horses, than you are
long overdue for a Kentucky vacation. Kentucky
offers a variety of unique festivals throughout
the year, and there is no shortage of Kentucky hotels
wherever you may find yourself here.
The capital of Kentucky is the small city of Frankfort.
Due to its location just 25 miles west of Lexington and 50 miles to the east of the state's largest
Frankfort is easily accessible for a quick visit
if you are exploring these other metropolitan areas.
Frankfort has famous land marks, and its architectural
styles give insight into its rich history.
If you like to shop, you will want to see what the
unique shops here have to offer. Among the
historic homes you can tour here are the Berry Hill
Mansion and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zeigler
House. The Kentucky Capitol Building also
makes for a good tour, and for more history and
museums, check out Daniel Boone's Grave at
the Frankfort Cemetery, or dive into the Thomas
D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The
Kentucky hotels found here are of the chain variety
mostly, with some interesting inns, and you will
also find some nice bed and breakfasts. If money
is tight, you will appreciate the budget hotels
in Kentucky here. After exploring Frankfort,
you can head either to Louisville or Lexington for
more urban fun.
The city of Louisville is known primarily for
hosting the famous Kentucky Derby, which is held
every year on the first Saturday in May. It's
no easy task to get tickets for the Derby, but you
can visit Churchill Downs at other times of the
year when it is not as crowded. Also, when
the Derby is in town, the Louisville KY hotels can
go fast, so if you are going to be here during that
time, book your Louisville KY hotels as early as
possible. There is no shortage of things to
do in Louisville, and you may start your adventure
here by heading to Fourth Street Live, which is
a recently completed entertainment district that
was constructed to the tune of $70 million.
If you are looking for gaming action, the Caesars
Indiana is located just across the Ohio River in Indiana, and if you have
the kids in tote, the Louisville Zoo and Six Flags
Kentucky Kingdom are good bets for family fun.
If you are a boxing fan, a trip to the new Muhammad
Ali Center is rewarding. You can find attractive
Louisville KY hotels downtown and near the river,
and chains like Best Western and Holiday Inn have
a strong presence among the chain Louisville KY
hotels. Back west to Lexington, there is more
fun to be had. Known as the "Horse Capital
of the World", Lexington offers some nice
scenic drives that reward you with views of the
major horse farms. If you like the outdoors,
Lexington and the Fayette County area have over
3,000 acres of park facilities. If it's
culture you are after, you will find it here, as
Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky,
as well as a number of other higher education schools.
If you are looking for Kentucky hotels, Lexington
has all varieties, including budget hotels in Kentucky.
If you haven't heard of Kentucky's
Mammoth Cave National Park and are trying to find
a unique natural wonder in Kentucky, then head south
from Kentucky's larger cities on I-65 towards Bowling
Green, Kentucky, which is not to be confused
with Bowling Green, Ohio.
Bowling Green is just about an hour north of Nashville,
Tennessee, and here you can visit the National Corvette
Museum to see the birthplace of this great American
car. There are plenty of museums, historical
homes, and tours to take here, and the presence
of Western Kentucky University and its beautiful
campus only helps to add culture to this dynamic
small city. The hotels in Bowling Green KY
feature some of the chain budget hotels in Kentucky
that you will find elsewhere, as well as some unique
inns. There are also a nice group of bed and
breakfasts, and you might try the Hilton Garden
Inn for added comfort. If you are looking
for something outside the norm in hotels in Bowling
Green KY, try The Cottages at Olde Stone.
When it's warm out, you can also bypass the
Bowling Green KY hotels for the area campgrounds.
Listing all that there is to see and do in Kentucky
is no easy chore. In the northern part of
the state, you can explore the Ohio River and hop
over into Cincinnati for big city fun. This
part of Kentucky continues to develop, and there
are a wide assortment of Kentucky hotels in the
area, as well as budget hotels in Kentucky near
the Cincinnati airport, which is actually located in Kentucky.
The town of Covington has a most interesting scene and plenty of nightlife
entertainment. To the far east of the state,
the rugged mountainous terrain is ideal for hikers,
bikers and anybody else that likes stunning scenery
and natural splendor. Out in this area, the
Kentucky hotels range from inns and bed and breakfasts,
to lodges, resorts and cabins. You'll
be amazed how beautiful Kentucky is, and if you
haven't yet explored it, it's time to
plan your getaway. You can find discount Kentucky
hotels online, and the various packages you will
come across can help you save money on your Kentucky
vacation. Kentucky is bordered by Tennessee,
Ohio, Virginia, West
Virginia, Indiana and Illinois, if you
care to explore nearby states.