Kentucky Bucket List: Western Waterlands Region

This is the final installment in the Kentucky Bucket List series, following this we head to Missouri!

Hopkinsville

  • Jefferson Davis State Historic Site: The president of the Confederacy was a Kentucky native.
  • Trail of Tears Commemorative Park: This site is one of the few documented sites where Native Americans were placed during their “forced removal” to Indian Territory.

Land between the Lakes

  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: This park area is located on a peninsula between two lakes and western Tennessee

Paducah

  • National Quilt Museum: This quilting museum has one of the world’s largest collections of quilts.

Princeton

  • Trail of Tears Park National Historic Site: One of the many historic sites located along the Trail of Tears

All attractions taken from the 2018 Kentucky Tourism Guide

Kentucky Bucket List: Bluegrass, Blues, and Barbecue Region

Another very small bucket list in the Kentucky portion of the Bucket List series.

Owensboro

  • International Bluegrass Music Museum: If there’s one thing Kentucky is known for….it’s bluegrass music. What better way to experience that rich history than visit this museum?
  • Western Kentucky Botanical Garden: I always love visiting a botanical garden.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Tourism Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Bourbon, Horses, and History Region

This region of Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Derby and much more!

Bardstown

  • Chuckleberry Farm and Winery: Stop by for some berry wines, wine fudge, and wine slush.
  • McIntyre’s Winery and Berries: Winery known for it’s blueberry and blackberry wines, also offers berry picking when in season.

Hodgenville

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park: Part of my National Park Passport and also the birthplace of one of the greatest president’s in the history of our nation.
  • Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek: A chance to see the place where Lincoln grew up.
  • The Lincoln Museum: Gives a great overview of Lincoln’s life.

Louisville

  • Churchill Downs: Home of the Kentucky Derby.
  • Kentucky Derby Museum: A chance to learn all there is to know about this famous sporting event.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory: This looks like a fun factory tour on the making of these famous baseball bats.

Springfield

  • Lincoln Homestead State Park: This park features the home of Lincoln’s mother.
  • Lincoln Legacy Museum: This museum gives insight into the marriage that began the legacy of Abraham Lincoln today.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Tourism Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region

Today’s Kentucky Region takes us to the capital city area. It’s a surprisingly lengthy list for Frankfort being a smaller capital city.

Danville

  • Constitution Square Historic Site: This town square area includes three buildings from the areas founding.
  • Great American Dollhouse Museum: This sounds like a fun, quirky adventure.

Frankfort

  • Capital City Museum: This gives an overview of the state’s history.
  • Daniel Boone’s Grave: See the resting place of this famous frontiersman.
  • Kentucky State Capitol: Capitol buildings are always a must see on my list.
  • Old State Capitol: I always enjoy comparing the old buildings to those in use today.

Georgetown

  • Toyota Factory Tour and Environmental Education Center: I’m sure this would be very interesting to see.

Lexington

  • Mary Todd Lincoln House: This is where Mary Todd grew up.
  • Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours: A chance to see where racing horses are bred and trained.

Nicholasville

  • National Softball Museum: I’ve never been a huge softball fan, but I’m sure this would still be interesting.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Tourism Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List-Northern Kentucky River Region

The region is an area I’ve been itching to visit for quite some time seeing as how it is home to both the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

Covington

  • Riverwalk Statue Tour: This looks like a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Maysville

  • National Underground Railroad Museum: This is a chance to see a documented safe house that was used on the Underground Railroad.

Newport

  • Newport Aquarium: I love aquariums and this looks like a fun little one to visit.
  • World Peace Bell and Exhibit Center: This is one of several peace bells located around the world.

Petersburg

  • Creation Museum: I’ve been wanting to visit this since high school!

Williamstown

  • Ark Encounter: The giant ark has finally been completed and I can’t wait to check it out.

All attractions taken from the 2018 Kentucky Travel Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Kentucky Appalachians Region

This is another small bucket list region in the Kentucky Bucket List series focusing on the Appalachian area.

Breaks

  • Breaks Interstate Park: This park has a canyon that is often called the “Grand Canyon of the South.”

Pikeville

  • Hatfield-McCoy Family Feud Driving Tour: A chance to see the grounds of one of the most famous feuds in history.

Prestonsburg

  • Middle Creek National Battlefield: The site of one of the largest Civil War battles in Eastern Kentucky.

All attractions were found in the 2018 Kentucky Tourism Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Daniel Boone Country Region

This region focuses on a mountain area of Kentucky.

Benham

  • Kentucky Coal Museum: This museum features 4 levels of coal mining history.

Cumberland

  • Kingdom Come State Park: This is the highest state park in Kentucky and offers scenic views.

Corbin

  • Cumberland Falls State Resort Park: This park features the “Niagara of the South,” and is apparently impressive to visit during a full moon to view a Moonbow.

London

  • Mountain Life Museum: Come here to check out what life was like for pioneers in the mountains of Kentucky.

Middlesboro

  • Cumberland Gap National Historic Park: On my list due to it being in the National Park Passport, but I’ve heard it’s also quite beautiful.

Slade

  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park: This park gives you the chance to view a natural sandstone arch.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Travel Guide.

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Southern Shorelines Region

This is a very short bucket list in the series but I hope you enjoy all the same!

Somerset

  • Somerset Falls Putt-Putt Family Park: Sounds like a great place to enjoy a round of Mini Golf.

Stearns

  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area: This area actually extends into Tennessee as well, but this particular area offers a Railroad ride along the river area.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Visitor Guide

Kentucky Bucket List ~ Caves, Lakes, and Corvettes Region

Today we move on to a new state for our Bucket List series. The Kentucky 2018 Travel Guide splits the state into 9 different regions, so we will have 9 posts about Kentucky. Because it is a smaller state and split into so many regions, most of these lists will be fairly short.

Bowling Green

  • Chaney’s Dairy Barn: This farm makes for a day of fun with self-guided tours of the Dairy as well as an on-site restaurant and some “premium” ice cream.
  • National Corvette Museum: While I’m not big on cars, Andrew would love this, and Corvettes can’t be all that bad to look at for awhile.

Edmonton

  • Historic Sulphur Well Park: This park was formed after a man was trying to find a salt spring…and wound up hitting a sulphur spring instead.

Horse Cave

  • American Cave Museum: Since this is Cave region, it only makes sense to check out the Cave Museum. Museum admission is included in the fee to also take a tour of the Cave located in the area.

Mammoth Cave

  • Mammoth Cave National Park: Not only did this make it on the list because it’s a National Park, but it’s also the largest known cave system in the whole world, so that’s pretty cool.

All attractions found in the 2018 Kentucky Travel Guide.