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One Tank Trip for Kentucky Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
169 miles – 3 hours, 32 minutes
As you travel through the Bluegrass State, your first thoughts might not incline towards the rich history of Kentucky, but rather towards how exceptionally lush and green the state
is — so green, in fact, it can almost be distracting. It’s easy to understand why several native cultures who occupied and fought over the land centuries ago would come to refer to it as “The Great Meadow.” But the lavish mountains
and sprawling meadows are just the beginning of the Kentucky story, something you’ll discover as you explore this loveliest of states.
Begin your Kentucky holiday in Louisville, situated on the banks of the Ohio River and the epicenter of horse racing in the U.S. Visit Louisville’s world-famous racetrack at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, where the great race is commemorated in fine detail. Other high points of a Louisville stay are its Waterfront Park, its 4th Street Live! entertainment complex, and, located in Louisville’s “Museum Row,” the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where you can learn all about the colorful history of the legendary Louisville Slugger brand of bats.
54.7 miles – 1 hour, 4 minutes
Leaving Louisville head east for about an hour until you sense the smell of whiskey wafting from the town of Frankfort. Thirsty? America’s oldest, continuously running distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, produces Kentucky straight bourbon whisky and offers a tasty factory tour. Nearby in Frankfort Cemetery, visit the final resting place of the legendary Daniel Boone and his beloved wife, Rebecca, as well as 17 former Bluegrass State governors.
26.5 miles – 41 minutes
Assuming you can’t find a mighty steed to take you there, hop back in your RV and drive east toward Lexington, home of the Kentucky Horse Park. This combination theme park and working horse farm entertains and educates guests with dozens of representative breeds. It also features two museums, a pair of theaters, and a full-scale show facility that hosts year-round equestrian competitions. It all adds up to a unique equine attraction where horse enthusiasts can choose their preferred entertainment from several very different options within the complex.
13.5 miles – 23 minutes
From Lexington, follow Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway in a southwest direction to Elizabethtown, with stops in Versailles and Bardstown. In Versailles, take a rambling ride through hills and farming communities on the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad. Stock up on luscious fresh fruit at Boyd Orchards and make a wine-tasting foray to Castle Hill Farm Winery and Vineyard. See a vintage copper pot still in present-day operation at the refurbished Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery, and then travel back in your mind to simpler times at the Nostalgia Station Toy & Train Museum.
48.1 miles – 52 minutes
Bardstown, the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” is home of the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center where the historical side of whiskey-making is showcased. Be sure to see the film, Portrait of Heaven Hill, and attend a guided bourbon-tasting session. Before you leave the Center, make sure you’ve saved time to design a personalized souvenir bourbon bottle. While in town, plan to take a carriage or trolley ride through town and a guided craft tour of area artists’ studios. Students of history mustn’t miss the comprehensive Civil War Museum, the Old County Jail and the specialized Women of the Civil War Museum. Equally fascinating are the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and Old Bardstown Village with its nine original log cabins. Reserve a place for a memorable, mobile meal on the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, and learn about a much-celebrated American composer at a rousing outdoor theater production of Stephen Foster – The Musical.
45.3 miles – 32 minutes
More regional narration may be found in Elizabethtown on the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, inside the Schmidt’s Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia, and at the Swope’s Cars of Yesteryear Museum where approximately 50 antique cars are on gleaming display. There is no shortage of utterly mesmerizing museums in this corner of Kentucky!
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