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Kentucky is located in South East of the United States. Nicknamed the “Bluegrass State”, Kentucky boasts one of the most richest and diverse landscapes in America, with the dramatic mountain range of the Appalachian Mountains to the east and the impressive Lake Cumberland to the west, not to mention the acres of rich pastures filled with Kentucky’s legendary thoroughbreds.
After Alaska, Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state. So whether it‘s water sports you’re after or you’re just itching to get in the saddle its diverse landscape and waterways provide the perfect setting for endless outdoor activities.
With over 700 festivals a year, including the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, the Kentucky Derby Festival, the International Bar-B-Q Festival, and the Bluegrass Music Festival, you’ll never be stuck for things to do. Whatever your interests are Kentucky is the perfect place for a great getaway.
Discover the rich history and proud tradition of the time honoured process of making fine bourbon along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Learn about the fascinating life of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, along Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail.
Kentucky is famous for its horses, and the Kentucky Horse Park is the place to get up close to these beautiful animals. The 1032-acre park features daily horse shows, a working farm, and guided horseback rides. For all you baseball fans you can witness the crafting of the infamous baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum, while children can enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Louisville Science Centre.
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Kentucky Events Guide:
Kentucky Rolex – Equestrian Lexington 26 – 29 April
The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is an eventing competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Rolex Kentucky is a CCI**** eventing competition, and the only four-star show in the Western Hemisphere. Four stars is the highest level of competition, the same level of competition as Eventing at the Olympics.
Kentucky Derby – 4 to 5 May
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.
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Abbey Road on the River (World's largest Beatles Festival) May 2012 Lousiville Kentucky
Abbey Road on the River is a five-day, multi-stage music festival honoring the music and spirit of The Beatles. The festival takes place in Louisville, Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend. Over the course of the festival, multiple tribute bands play the music of the Beatles.
One of the best ways to understand Kentuckians is through their food. From down-home country cooking to five star cuisines Kentucky has something for every palate. Billy’s Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q is a longtime institution for Kentucky-style dishes. With four outlets in town, Ramsey’s Diner is another popular option serving up tasty sandwiches, burgers and meals at a reasonable price. Don’t forget that Kentucky is home to the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
Shopping in Kentucky
Stroll along tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks of the historic downtown Paducah district to enjoy a shopping trip in turn-of-the-century buildings filled with antique malls, restaurants, boutiques and specialty stores.
A visit to The Summit Louisville is the total shopping experience. Shop in one of the exciting stores or arrange a lunch or dinner in one of the mall’s many great restaurants.
Weather in Kentucky
The state of Kentucky has a moderate climate. Summers are usually warm and winters are cool. Kentucky's weather patterns are influenced by the Gulf of Mexico, especially during summer. Much of Kentucky's average 46 inches of rain a year falls in spring, the rainiest season. Southern Kentucky receives the highest average rainfall, about 50 inches a year, while the north averages only 40 inches.
Average temperatures range from a high of 30°C in the summer to a low of -5°C in the winter.
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