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Kentucky's motto is "unbridled spirit," filling your head with images of graceful, beautiful horses, impressive hills of green and just a touch of magic. As home to the Kentucky Derby, the world's foremost horse race, Kentucky is a certified expert on thoroughbred horses. But even so, there's much more to see in Kentucky. Kentucky has a unique charm because it is a southern state and yet part of the mid-west, pulling the best of both regions. There are inns and festivals filled with down-home charm and good southern cooking as well as more than enough natural beauty to fill a lifetime. If you're a hiker, check out Daniel Boone's 700,000+ acres of National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains and the 170,000-acre Land Between the Lakes Recreation area. Add in the 63,000 acres of water in Kentucky and the famous Mammoth Cave National Park, and you can try your hand at every conceivable type of outdoor recreation, from biking, hiking, hunting, canoeing, rafting and fishing to caving, spelunking, and, of course, horseback riding. But Kentucky's unbridled spirit is more...with cities like Lexington, Bowling Green and even the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, which add a multitude of cultural and entertainment opportunities. In addition to being home to the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger museum, Louisville has remarkable parks, the Speed Museum of Art, the Louisville Science Center and plenty of options for those looking for the arts, many types of music, theatre, museums, culture and, of course, sporting events. So whether you're looking for a touch of the South, a sweet Midwestern town, a good old time or a breathtaking adventure, here's something for everyone in Kentucky.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Kentucky
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Daniel Boone
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Warren Oates
  • Tom Cruise
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Crystal Gale
  • "Col." Harlan Sanders
  • Duncan Hines
  • Roy Bean
  • Larry Flynt
  • Victor Mature
  • Louis Brandeis
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Wilson Pickett
  • Annie Potts
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • John James Audubon
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Carrie Nation
  • Jim Bowie
  • Ned Beatty
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Patricia Neal
  • Diane Sawyer
  • Jim Varney
  • Chuck Woolery
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Ashley Judd
  • Wynonna Judd
  • Naomi Judd
  • Henry Clay
  • Kit Carson
  • George Clooney
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Casey Jones
  • Derek Anderson
  • Stephanie Bond
  • Harry Dean Stanton
  • Johnny Depp
  • Muhammed Ali
 

 

Local Color

What makes Kentucky unique
  • Bluegrass Music
  • Horseracing
  • Bourbon
  • Hot Brown
  • Kentucky Derby
 

 

Nicknames

Kentucky's alter egos
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Bluegrass State
  • Tobacco State
  • Hemp State
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Kentucky
  • Agriculture; horses, tobacco & corn
  • Automobile manufacturing
  • Coal
  • Chemical Products
  • Electrical Equipment
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Kentucky
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • North-Central Bluegrass Region
  • South-Central & Western Pennyroyal Plateau
  • Western Coal Field
  • Far-West Jackson Purchase