This tour through the heart of Kentucky begins in the foothills of the Appalachians at the Kentucky-Tennessee border and travels through the famed Bluegrass Region.
Your first stop is gigantic Cumberland Falls. It is one of the few places in the world where you can see a moon bow on a regular basis. The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is located at the site.
London is home to the Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, with the Mountain Life Museum and McHargue's Mill, and the largest display of millstones in the country.
Renfro Valley Country Music Center (www.renfrovalley.com or 1-800-765-7464) began in 1939 with John Lair's network radio broadcasts. Today stage shows feature country music and the country's brightest stars in concert.
has a national reputation as the home of many professional craftspeople and artists. View featured exhibits and see some of the artisans at work at the
Kentucky Artisan Center(www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov
). Berea is also home to Berea College (www.berea.edu
or 1-859-985-3000), founded in 1855 as the South's first interracial college.
At Fort Boonesborough State Park tradesmen tell the story of Kentucky's second settlement as they work in the replicated fort. Daniel Boone and his men started the outpost on April 1, 1775.
Travel past picturesque horse farms and old stone fences en route to the 1,200-acre
Kentucky Horse Park
or 1-800-678-8813) north of Lexington. This is the perfect way to learn about Kentucky's horse world. Attractions include Man O' War's gravesite, two widescreen films, a harness marker and farrier, Parade of Breeds and Hall of Champions demonstration, guided trail rides, pony rides, and the fascinating International Museum of the Horse. The park also hosts championship equestrian events.
In the late 1700's settlers, pioneers and scouts floated down the Ohio River to the landing at Limestone, now Maysville. The Mason County Museum recreates the story of this pioneer gateway. Old Washington, 5 miles south, was an outpost for pioneers traveling the Buffalo Trace. There's a film at the visitor center, antique and craft shops, and the 1788 Brodrick's Tavern.