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North Central Region
North Central Region
Incorporated in 1788, Bardstown is the state’s second oldest city and is best known for “My Old Kentucky Home,” the antebellum mansion that inspired Stephen Foster to write the state’s official song. The historic home now graces the Kentucky quarter. From trains, bourbon, the civil war, historic homes and “Stephen Foster-The Musical,” Bardstown has numerous attractions to see.
BELLEVUE / NEWPORT
Founded in 1795, Newport has an excellent mix of historic sites and contemporary developments. You can see the Cincinnati skyline as well as walk across the Ohio River on the Purple People Bridge. There is plenty to do for all ages.
Known as the “Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky,” Berea is home to many of the State’s leading professional artists and craft people. Local artisans have working studios for such crafts as weaving, furniture making, quilting, pottery, jewelsmiths, photography, woodworking. Many encourage visitors to watch them as they work.
The first settlement at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers was established in 1794 and called Port William. The name was changed to Carrollton in honor of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
The City of Covington offers some of the best entertainment venues in the region. Main Strasse Village offers a variety of restaurants, taverns, and retail shops. The City is home to the 704 acre Devou Park, numerous other parks, playgrounds, and pools, two public golf courses, and the Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex, which has four baseball fields and water park.
In the heart of Danville is Constitution Square Park where ten constitutional conventions took place. The park has a replica meetinghouse, courthouse and jail, as well as the original circa 1790s post office.
DRY RIDGE / WILLIAMSTOWN
Grant County is centrally located in Northern Kentucky. Hike the trails at Lloyd’s Wildlife Area in Crittenden. Fish in one of our seven lakes. Go boating on Lake Williamstown. Visit the world famous “Quilt Box” in Dry Ridge, or just kick back and enjoy Country and Bluegrass music at the Olde Star Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights in Williamstown. Grant County has something for everyone. We have several fine hotels. So, when traveling down I-75, stop at Dry Ridge, Williamstown, or Corinth and enjoy a good night’s rest and experience our “Southern Hospitality”.
Located on I-65 at the crossroads of the Western and Bluegrass Parkways, Elizabethtown is within easy driving distance to several of Kentucky’s most famous sites. The town is anchored with restaurants, shopping and plentiful lodging. Visit the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, the Schmidt’s Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia and recall memories at the Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum.
Take a trip back in time and re-live Kentucky’s vibrant history, from the historic Old State Capital, the magnificent Thomas D. Clark Center for History, Kentucky’s only Frank Lloyd Wright home, Daniel Boone’s Gravesite, to scenic covered bridges. Located in the beautiful Kentucky River Valley, Frankfort, Kentucky’s state capital, offers tours of its historic downtown district, fine dining and shopping with unique antiques and crafts.
GRAYSON COUNTY / FALLS OF ROUGH
Rough River is one of the state’s most popular lakes for boating and fishing. Campers and hikers enjoy the endless nature trails and convenient beaches. Old mills, historic farms, outdoor theatre, go carts and golf make the Falls of Rough fun for the whole family.
Some people say Harrodsburg is where Kentucky began. It was the first permanent English settlement west of the Alleghenies and was established in 1774. Many of the homes and buildings around town reflect Harrodsburg’s more than 200 years of history and culture. Old Fort Harrod showcases the early frontier life with live craftspeople.
With its historic architecture filling the downtown area, LaGrange offers guests the relaxed pace of a Kentucky small-town.
There hasn’t been an earthquake in Lebanon, Kentucky for decades but things never stop moving in Marion County’s largest city. With its lively downtown chock full of eclectic dining and entertainment to its special events and festivals, the Lebanon National Cemetery, historic homes and landmarks, rich Civil War and religious heritage and a robust genealogy research facility, Lebanon keeps a steady beat.
Originally called Masterson’s Station, the name changed to Lexington in 1775 when traveling hunters heard of the Revolutionary War battle in Lexington, Massachusetts. The city is home to Transylvania University, the first college west of the Alleghenies. Many of the Commonwealth’s most beautiful horse farms and antebellum architecture surround the city known as the “Heart of the Bluegrass”.
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky and is the home of the world famous Kentucky Derby. Built on the falls of the Ohio, Louisville offers visitors a wide range of sites and attractions. Some of the many places to see are Churchill Downs, The Louisville Slugger Museum, home of the Louisville Slugger, museums, historic homes, and the Louisville Zoo. Louisville has all the sights, sounds and action of a big city with the charm of a small town.
PARIS / BOURBON COUNTY
Located just 15 miles northeast of Lexington, Paris is a charming town worthy of a visit. “Horses, History and Hospitality” is our motto and is evident everywhere. Visit Hopewell Museum, Duncan Tavern, Bourbon County Courthouse, Colville Covered Bridge, Cane Ridge Shrine and Wallis House & Arboretum. Reed Valley Orchard is a popular attraction where one can pick their own berries, apples, pears and walk the nature trail. Reserve a tour of Claiborne Farm by calling 859-987-2330 to visit the famous breeding operation and the final resting place of the 1973 Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat. Our Mims Retirement Haven, located in rural Bourbon County, is now home to many retired brood mares. Call Jeanne Mirabito at 859-227-6304 for a tour. Donations are welcome. Paris also offers a variety of food and shopping experiences. So take time to visit Paris, Kentucky in beautiful Bourbon County. It is worth the trip!
RADCLIFF / FORT KNOX
Radcliff / Fort Knox is known as the home of the nation’s gold depository. Take Exit 102 off I-65 for the 12-mile drive to the area. You can see the gold vault, but only from the road! Visit the General George Patton Museum for the finest collection of
Patton artifacts in the world.
Shelby County is known as the “Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World.” Acres and acres of rolling hills, black fences and horses of many breeds dot the landscape surrounding Shelbyville. For the equine enthusiast, Shelby County offers some of the most exciting competitions in the nation. The Shelbyville Horse Show held in early August at the Shelby County Fairgrounds and the Shelby County Fair Horse Show, as well as many other horse shows throughout the year, all make for a lot of “purebred” fun.
Shepherdsville located in Bullitt County, 17 miles south of Louisville is the start of the Bourbon Trail. Jim Beam Distillery is just 2 minutes off I-65 at the Clermont exit, where you can have a weekend getaway or a week long adventure.
VERSAILLES / MILLVILLE / MIDWAY / NONESUCH
Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass thoroughbred tradition is Versailles in Woodford County. View magnificent horse farms as you drive on U.S. 60 or detour onto KY 1681 to enjoy one of Kentucky’s most beautiful scenic byways. Stroll along historic tree lined streets in Midway, Nonesuch and Versailles while you enjoy the antique shops, specialty shops and cozy cafe’s. Former President Bush and Queen Elizabeth II continue to visit these quaint towns and beautiful countryside.
WARSAW / SPARTA / GLENCOE
Gallatin County is the hub of motorsport racing in Kentucky. The Kentucky Speedway, a high speed tri-oval, is home to numerous auto racing events throughout the year. This sporting event will attract many who just love anything “racing”. Gallatin County attracts premium boaters and fishermen. Located on the Ohio River and having one of the most beautiful marinas in the state, it’s a fisherman’s dream destination. Warsaw is a quaint old river town with many scenic and historic home sites. Sparta is the home of Kentucky Speedway that lies just off I-71. Glencoe, our most northern city and home of our newest Gallatin County Park, offers walking trails, picnicking, fishing, or just a good time with nature. Located just minutes from Gallatin County are several casinos for those who love gambling, this is your dream come true.
Winchester and Clark County enjoy a special location advantage near the I-64 and Mountain Parkway interchange. The area’s strategic location at the major highway turnoff toward the Appalachia highlands renders this region a true “gateway” between the rolling hills of the Bluegrass (Thoroughbred Country) and the mountains of Daniel Boone Forest.