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#1: Explore the Longest Cave in the World

Travelling-lovers would love visiting national parks so hitting up Mammoth Cave National Park near Bowling Green was a no-brainer. It’s home to the world’s longest cave (405 miles!) and there are 9 tours to choose from, each exploring a different part of the cave

There’s also hiking above ground. We did a relatively quick and easy walk called Cedar Sink Trail (roundtrip it was about 1 hour). At the end of the trail, you reach a sinkhole with a milky green creek running through it. You can also go horseback riding or rent kayaks and canoes to paddle down Green River, which is about 200 feet wide and 10 feet deep and meanders through the park.

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#2: Eat Fried Chicken

You’re in the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken so it’s an absolute must to order some fried chicken and chow down. Head 32 miles outside of Louisville to reach the former headquarters of KFC in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Reporting by the readymadetravelplans, Colonel Sanders’ wife turned the building into a restaurant serving her “secret recipe” fried chicken and other southern sides. Or, just find a place in town that has a good rep for fried chicken, which is what we did.

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#3: Learn About the Kentucky Derby

To learn about the most famous horse race of all time, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. It’s right next to Churchill Downs in Louisville. Watch the 360-degree movie of past races– it’s actually very moving – when you first arrive to set the mood. The movie runs on repeat throughout the day.

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#4: Frankfort

Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, is a scenic city nestled alongside the Kentucky River. According to the vacationidea.com, Frankfort primarily serves as the governmental centre of the state, but its economy benefits from several large shopping malls and a couple of famous distilleries. Tourists will find plenty to do in the city since there are numerous museums, parks, shopping centres, entertainment venues, and restaurants.

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#5: Florence

Florence is home to 30,000 people. The city was once known as the Crossroads since several main roads converged in the centre of Florence. Renamed in the early 1800s, Florence is known throughout Kentucky for its quirky landmark: a massive water tower that reads “Florence Y'all.”

Florence is one of the fastest-growing cities in Kentucky, and there are plenty of options for entertainment as a tourist. Florence has nature parks, city parks, and extensive trails system, and a lively downtown district with stores, restaurants, museums, theatres, and more. The city also boasts a large aquatic centre as well as a popular golf facility.

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#6: Pikeville

Pikeville is a picturesque city on the eastern edge of Kentucky. The city is the site of the Pikeville Cut-Through, a rock-cut that is known for being the largest civil engineering project in the western hemisphere.

Pikeville experienced a development boom in the 1990s, and it now houses several prominent schools and businesses. It hosts a popular annual cultural festival called Hillbilly Days. The boisterous festival, which attracts craftspeople, artists, and musicians, was primarily created to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Scores of out-of-town visitors flock to Pikeville to participate in the lively gathering.

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#7: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a fun destination for the entire family. Outdoor enthusiasts can stay busy for hours by exploring the park's 80 miles of hiking trails. Hikes in the park range from half-mile jaunts to gruelling 20+ mile trips.

There are also backcountry trails in the park that lead to remote wilderness areas. Additionally, the park has plenty of spots for wildlife spotting, sightseeing, and camping. For indoor activities, travellers can spend time learning about Cumberland Gap National Historical Park at the visitor's centre, a space that is filled with interactive and informative exhibits.

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