Great time to travel through the Bluegrass state

Published 5:41 pm Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring break may be almost over, but this is still the perfect time to think about getting out and about to explore Kentucky.

Whether it is the last push of spring break or planning ahead for summer, you do not have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles from home to have a good time or learn something new.

“Staycations” have become all the rage in recent years for a host of reasons, but they offer an amazing opportunity to discover many of the wonders we take for granted here in the Bluegrass state.

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Kentucky can certainly hold its own when it comes to natural beauty.

We have a tremendous state park system as well as Daniel Boone National Forest and the beauty that is Red River Gorge. We have the Kentucky River, Lake Cumberland, Cumberland Falls and many other lakes, rivers, streams and opportunities to enjoy wildlife and natural resources.

Right here in Boyle County, we have Herrington Lake, one of the best lakes for recreation in the state. We also have Perryville Battlefield, three great downtowns with local shops and food, and unique attractions such as the Dollhouse Museum and Centre College’s beautiful and historic campus.

Everyone knows much of what Lexington and Louisville has to offer, but the small communities like Boyle County across central Kentucky each provide unique attractions that are perfect fits for day trips.

Clark County is a great place to stop in to visit scenic views like the one Lower Howard’s Creek or to learn more about a Central Kentucky staple of Americana at the Ale-8-One factory. Jessamine County has some unique attractions of its own. Take a solemn walk through Camp Nelson National Cemetery and you can almost feel the presence of those who paid the ultimate price for their country.

In Lincoln County, you can visit Stanford’s thriving downtown or take a boat or canoe out on Cedar Creek Lake for some top-notch fishing.

These attractions only scratch the surface of some of the amazing things you can do when creating an itinerary in these and other communities here in the commonwealth.

Summer is just around the bend. Nothing is wrong with heading to the beach, the mountains or the big city, but don’t take for granted some of the amazing destinations right here at home in Kentucky.


Michael Caldwell is publisher of The Interior Journal. He can be reached at (859) 759-0095 or by email at