Most commonly known as the bluegrass state, Kentucky is home to famous events such as the Kentucky Derby and Bluegrass Festivals which draw in visitors year round. Below are just a few of the most memorable stops in Kentucky, check out these historical landmarks and Kentucky attractions on your next road trip.
Historical Must See’s of Kentucky
Burke’s Distillery in Loretta
Burke’s Distillery was built in 1889. It was first named a historic place in 1974, 20 years after it was purchased to produce Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Today the distillery offers tours through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the American Whiskey Trail.
Experience the 18th Century brought to life at Fort Boonesborough. Adults and children of all ages can experience history first hand as they learn through crafts and activities.
The fort grounds offers swimming, hiking, camping and more. Visit the museum to make the most of your experience and grab a sense of what a pioneers life was like in Kentucky through a tour of the fort grounds.
Belle of Louisville
Dating all the way back to 1914 this is a steamboat ride you’ll be sure to remember. Best known for hosting events such as weddings, corporate gatherings, and more this ride is a once in a lifetime part of Kentucky history. If you don’t have an occasion to join schedule a tour today!
Jefferson Davis Monument at 258 Pembroke Fairview Road in Pembroke
The monument at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Pembroke stands 351 feet tall. It is a stone obelisk honoring the birthplace of Jefferson Davis. With unique features like an elevator to the observation room where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of western Kentucky this is a must see sight.
Pull out your maps and head to Mammoth Cave National Park. Having offered tours for over 200 years Mammoth Cave is a time capsule of Kentucky history.
The park offers cave tours, camping, hiking and even historical cemetery observations. With having left their mark for today’s visitors to observe the first cave dwellers have mapped out a story to tell.
Old State House in Frankfort
Experience the 19th-century through this architectural limestone building. This National Historic Landmark once served as Kentucky’s capitol building.
The restored building is available to be toured in its original 1850’s political feel. Visitors can stand where Henry Clay once stood, learn about past elections and observe the beautiful architectural features.
The Battle of Middle Creek was a tragic example of the fratricidal, neighbor-against-neighbor warfare that characterized the struggle for Kentucky. Read about the history of this battle, see reenactments, and the preservation of this site.