Kentucky state

Kentucky Travel Guide


Kentucky is known for horse ranches, bourbon distilleries, mountain caves and moonlighting, fried chicken, bluegrass music and the famous Kentucky Derby. Lexington is the center of horse breeding and many of the surrounding farms host free tours for visitors. General George Rogers Clark founded Louisville in 1778 as a military base from which to attack the British during the American Revolution. In addition to restored sights from that time, the city also offers modern architecture. Old Louisville invites you to stroll through its pretty streets. Kentucky has hundreds of lakes and rivers, underground caves, countless pastures of wealthy horse breeders, as well as less wealthy Appalachian mining towns. Reelfoot Lake, a lake in northwestern Kentucky, was formed when the Mississippi River flowed backwards during the 1812 New Madrid earthquake, greatly altering the geology of the entire region.

  • Travelationary: Covers basic information about Kentucky geography and economy.

Getting there

Arrival by car

Greyhound connections exist in all major cities. More information from Greyhound (website:

Note on arrival by car

Average bus travel times: Louisville – Chicago: 6 hours; Louisville – Cincinnati: 2 hrs; Louisville – Indianapolis: 2 hrs; Louisville – Nashville: 3 hrs 30; Louisville – St Louis: 6 hrs

Arrival by train

There are daily Amtrak services from Chicago to Louisville. Cities in the north of the state can be reached on the Chicago to Washington DC route, while trains on the Chicago to New Orleans route stop at Fulton in southwest Kentucky. Additional information from Amtrak (

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Contact addresses

Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau
401 West Main Street Ste. 104
US-40507 Lexington, Kentucky
United States
(859) 233.72.99 or (800) 848.39.59 (toll free within the US). Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
One Riverfront Plaza, 401 West Main Street, Suite 2300
US-40202 Louisville, Kentucky
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(502) 584 21 21, (800) 626 56 46 (toll free within the US). Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association
2292 South Highway 27
US-42501 Somerset, Kentucky
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(606) 677 60 95 or (877) 86 87 73 59 (toll free within the US). Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau
One West River Center Blvd.
US-41011 Covington, Kentucky
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(859) 261 15 00. Kentucky Department of Tourism
500 Mero Street, Capital Plaza Tower, 22nd floor
US-40601 Frankfort, Kentucky
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(502) 564 49 30, (800) 225 87 47 (toll free within the US). Kentucky Tourism

c/o Ueding Sales Consulting

Eilendorfer Str. 20
D-50933 Cologne
(0221) 4236 25 08.

  • Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in Kentucky.

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Kentucky state