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Kentucky Heritage Tourism: There's Only One

Updated on June 28, 2014

Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Muhammad Ali, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn

Kentucky is part of the upper South but is also closely related to the Midwest just across the Ohio River. Early pioneers entered through the Cumberland Gap in the eastern Appalachian mountains, including Daniel Boone. Kentucky is noted as the Horse Capital of the World, as well as the birthplace of bourbon... not to mention Kentucky Fried Chicken and Colonel Sanders.

Mammoth Cave is the world's longest charted cave system. Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in western Kentucky provides unlimited water and land recreation.

I am only able to mention in this lens a few of the cultural, historical and natural resources you might want to consider for your planning of a Kentucky heritage tourism destination.

"There's Only One" tagline courtesy of www.onlyonekentucky.com and www.kentuckytourism.com, and a three page ad in AAA Midwest Traveler magazine of September/October 2012

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky

Have you been to Kentucky? - We lived in Louisville for about three years in the 1960s.

Have you been to Kentucky?

Lake Cumberland: Largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River

Lake Cumberland: Largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River
Lake Cumberland: Largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River
Barge hauling coal in Louisvill and Portland canal on Ohio River
Barge hauling coal in Louisvill and Portland canal on Ohio River

Louisville - Kentucky's largest city

Home of the Kentucky Derby and the University of Louisville

The Louisville and Portland Canal is the only man-made portion of the Ohio River. Kentucky is surrounded on two sides by two of the largest rivers in the USA. Louisville was an early port for steamships in the nineteenth century. The image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, shows a coal hauling barge on the canal. Click the photo to be taken to the Wikipedia source.

Louisville Metro is the combined government of Louisville and Jefferson County. Lexington Metro is also a consolidated Lexington and Fayette County.

Louisville on Amazon

Insiders' Guide to Louisville (Insiders' Guide Series)
Insiders' Guide to Louisville (Insiders' Guide Series)

Louisville is a great place to visit - learn more right here! ;-)

 
William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky
William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Kentucky's flagship university

A major research university, a member of the Southeast Conference (SEC), the University of Kentucky has a strong tradition for its college basketball program, the Wildcats.

The photo image is of the William T. Young Library on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to be taken to the Wikipedia source.

Speed Engineer School, University of Louisville
Speed Engineer School, University of Louisville

University of Louisville

Kentucky's urban research university

The University of Louisville was founding in 1798 as the first city-owned university in the United States, joining the state system in 1970. The U of L Health Sciences Center is located just east of Downtown Louisville. In athletics, the Louisville Cardinals are well known in football, basketball baseball and other sports, as well.

The photo image is of the Speed Engineering School, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to be taken to the source site.

Lincoln's Birthplace near Hodgenville
Lincoln's Birthplace near Hodgenville

Lincoln's Birthplace near Hodgenville

The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park preserves two of the farms where Abraham Lincoln lived as a child, born in 1809. We have visited this site, including a reconstruction of the log cabin where Lincoln is believed to have been born, which sits within the Memorial Building, pictured in the photo image here. The image is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to be taken to the source site.

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Western Kentucky is home of several bald cypress/tupelo swampsA Kentucky physiography map of the several major regions of the stateChurchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, in LouisvilleThe East Kentucky Coal Field as seen from PIne MountainKentucky State Capital in FrankfortHorse Farm in Kentucky
Western Kentucky is home of several bald cypress/tupelo swamps
Western Kentucky is home of several bald cypress/tupelo swamps
A Kentucky physiography map of the several major regions of the state
A Kentucky physiography map of the several major regions of the state
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, in Louisville
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, in Louisville
The East Kentucky Coal Field as seen from PIne Mountain
The East Kentucky Coal Field as seen from PIne Mountain
Kentucky State Capital in Frankfort
Kentucky State Capital in Frankfort
Horse Farm in Kentucky
Horse Farm in Kentucky

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    • TimArends profile image

      Timothy Arends 

      3 years ago from Chicago Region

      I seem to recall hearing that the Lincoln Memorial, Which I visited as a kid, has the same number of steps as the number of years he lived.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Zeross4: Thank you. I appreciate that. We always said it was one place we would return to, if the opportunity arose. Never did, of course! Enjoy the Kentucky life! ;-)

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Wonderfully done lens on Kentucky. I've lived here all my life, and love it!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @cwilson360: Just put it on your To Do List, and do it! ;-)

    • cwilson360 profile image

      cwilson360 

      5 years ago

      I would love to visit Bourbon County

    • Raymond Eagar profile image

      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      I love kentucky fried chicken

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      This was an enjoyable trek down Kentucky lane.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Otto Phillips: Great! Thanks for mentioning that! ;-)

    • Otto Phillips profile image

      Otto Phillips 

      5 years ago

      I was in Kentucky for the 2009 Kentucky Derby. I recently wrote a lens about the experience.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @PatriciaJoy: Thank you, so much. Hope you can manage to get there soon! ;-)

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      PatriciaJoy 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      I haven't been back since I was a kid. I'd love to visit again when I get a chance just to see the state as well as do some genealogy research. Thanks for pointing out some of the hot tourists spots. Blessed.

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