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Welcome to Kentucky

Although Kentucky is most famous for fast racehorses and smooth bourbon whiskey, the state has much more to offer the RVer than genteel horse farms and 100-year-old distilleries.

The largest cities lie along the state's northern region, with Louisville famous for the arts, industry, the Kentucky Derby; the Louisville Slugger Museum and Muhammad Ali Center; and Lexington, internationally known as the birthplace of thoroughbred racing champions.

The Eastern Kentucky Mountains offer spectacular views and abundance of outdoor activities including hiking and biking trails. Southern Kentucky has vast man-made lakes and Mammoth Cave National Park.

In the North Central Region you'll find soft rolling hills, bluegrass countryside and equestrian attractions including Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horse Park make this area a favorite for the RVer.

Enjoy the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, take a river cruise or explore the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln along Kentucky's Lincoln Heritage Trail.

Tour world-famous bourbon distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and at Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World.

Western Region
Bordered by the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, Kentucky's Western region offers timeless bluegrass traditions, natural attractions including the Land Between the Lakes, the city of Owensboro—Kentucky's third largest and the creative art and energy of Paducah.

Home to world-famous Kentucky barbecue and music legends, Bill Monroe, the Everly Brothers and W.C. Handy, this region invites the RVer to travel the roads of tradition.

Owensboro, Kentucky's Festival City, is home to the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Take a walking tour of Paducah's historic downtown and explore the National Quilt Museum and the River Discovery Center. Visit with working artisans in their LowerTown Paducah studios. Take a ghost tour or hop on the River City Trolley to visit historic downtown.

Home to naturalist John J. Audubon, Henderson offers music, art, history and adventure, year-round festivals and a historic downtown area.

South Central Region
South Central Kentucky is best known for dozens of lakes and its extensive cave system.

Rich in small town charm, heritage and beautiful waterways, this region invites the RVer to explore and enjoy nature and Kentucky's historic small town southern charm.

With more than 1200 miles of shoreline, Lake Cumberland is one the state's most popular sporting and family vacation destinations.

Bowling Green is home to the famed National Corvette Museum and Lost River Cave and Valley, home to Kentucky's only underground boat tour.

Take a guided or a wild cave exploration in the underground world of Kentucky's Cave Country. Marvel at one of the most spectacular and vast adventures in Kentucky—Mammoth Cave National Park, the world's longest cave system. Tour the Crystal Onyx Cave where pre-historic finds have made it an important archeological site.

Eastern Region
Eastern Kentucky is home to the sprawling Appalachian Mountains and the unique culture, music and art of Appalachia, which has spawned many bluegrass and country artists.

Appalachian arts, history, crafts, music and culture are celebrated and honored in festivals, museums, arts centers and historic sites including the Highland Museum and Discovery Center, National Kentucky Folk Arts Center, Coal Miners Museum and Mountain HomePlace, an actual Civil war era working farm as it was from 1850-1875.

The Cumberland Gap, the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge are awe-inspiring works of nature.

Enjoy country music, comedy and live entertainment at the "Grand Ole Opry of Kentucky" in Renfro Valley and don't miss the center's next-door neighbor the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Camp in the comfort of your RV and explore the four scenic Kentucky regions.