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Total Mileage/Average drive time
339 miles, 5 hours, 46 minutes

The Bluegrass State has a wide and varied history woven through hundreds of years, from skirmishes between Native Americans and the early settlers to turbulent Kentucky politics and the Civil War, to the birth of Old Bourbon and a Run for the Roses. Kentucky truly has an unbridled sprit.

1. Lexington - Starting Point
Learn about the fascinating world of horses. The Kentucky Horse Park offers something for every horse lover with in-depth tours, amazing horse sculptures, trail and pony rides and competition facilities. Park attractions include museums, galleries, even a horse cemetery. Over 115 horses representing over 35 different breeds reside here. Learn about legendary equines.
When you’re ready, saddle up and head downtown to experience real Kentucky Bourbon at Town Branch Bourbon, named for the body of water that runs under Lexington. As the newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Town Branch produces bourbon with distinctive flavor characteristics that are prized by connoisseurs. Less than a mile away from Town Branch is the Barrel House Distilling Company. Barrel House is a microdistillery offering American whisky, moonshine, vodka and rum in small batches. Their next batch of bourbon is expected in 2014.

2. Louisville - 81 miles, 1 hour, 25 minutes
Travel scenic Interstate 64 to Louisville for a visit to the legendary home of horseracing, Churchill Downs, and two of the oldest continuously contested sporting events in history, the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks. The Kentucky Derby Museum showcases the history of the American thoroughbred racehorse with hands-on exhibits, guided tours and touching stories about “The Greatest Race.” Pose for a photo in the winners circle and celebrate with a refreshing mint julep, the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs for nearly a century. Learn about Seabiscuit, Secretariat and other legendary horses. Learn about the celebrities and politicians who have watched the race through the years.

3. Cave City - 93 miles, 1 hour, 31 minutes
From Louisville, head south on I-65 to Cave City, where timeless subterranean adventures await. Tour caverns, caves, and outlaw hideouts in “Kentucky’s Down Under”—Mammoth Cave. Stalagmites, stalactites and calcite formations flourish in the longest cave system in the world at over 350 miles long and 379 feet deep. If you’re not a caver, there’s still plenty to do aboveground at the 53,000-acre national park. Mammoth Cave is Kentucky’s number one tourist destination, the second-oldest tourist attraction in the United States and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A visit to the cave is a great outing for the whole family. It's rumored that Jesse James and his gang used the caves as a hideout after robbing stage coaches in the area. On the way to your next stop, be sure to visit Camping World Headquarters, just off I-65 in Bowling Green.

Recommended Stopover:
Cave Country RV Campground
Cave City, (270) 773-4678

4. Paducah - 165 miles, 2 hours, 50 minutes
Off I-69 in the heart of Historic Downtown Paducah resides the National Quilt Museum.
Experience quilting as an art form and celebrate the work of today’s quilters. With over 300 quilts and pieces of fiber artwork in the collection, the museum’s three galleries of exhibits are continually changing. Innovative, diverse and unique are just a few words that describe the magnificent collection of pieces found at the National Quilt Museum.
Paducah boasts a rich history. The town was originally laid out by William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. It became a key transportation hub with the advent of steamboats and trains, and was the site of numerous Civil War raids.

Recommended Stopover:
Duck Creek RV Park
Paducah, (800) 728-5109