(BPT) - Known as the cultural cross point between the South and Midwest, the Bluegrass State attracts novel tourists worldwide. With its rich history, breathtaking scenery and delectable bourbon, Kentucky is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the United States. If you're a bourbon lover, you can't miss all that the Bourbon Trail has to offer. Have a family or travel partner that's not as into bourbon as you? Kentucky lets you have the best of both worlds.
What to do with 48 hours on the Bourbon Trail
Whether you’re sipping the good stuff or taking in all of the sights, sounds and smells Kentucky has to offer, here are a few fun adventures you can’t miss:
Watch the horses gallop and take in the scenic views
Countless people tune in from home and gather in the stands of Churchill Downs to watch the action unfold. However, you don’t need to attend the Kentucky Derby to witness the state’s equestrian elegance and beauty. You can find plenty of them at the Meadow Lake Equestrian Center in Lancaster, the Whispering Woods Trails in Georgetown or the Deer Run stable in Richmond.
Alongside the horses, there are plenty of picturesque views nearby, like Mammoth Cave National Park, Cumberland Falls and the Red River Gorge. These are just a short drive away from the Bourbon Trail.
Each destination in Kentucky tells its own unique story, and none have more twists and turns like the constant evolution of the Bourbon Trail. And some, like Bardstown Bourbon Company, are building a new foundation in the second oldest city in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Indulge in fine American drinks and cuisine at Bardstown Bourbon Company
The Bourbon Trail spans multiple parts of Kentucky. It is perfect for foodies and craft liquor lovers with a sense of adventure.
If you’re over the age of 21, visiting the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail is a must. Distilleries and locals will tell you the trail is going through a “Napafication,” which is all about elevating the bourbon drinking and dining experience.
If you decide to trek across the Bourbon Trail, be certain to stop in the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, Kentucky, and visit the Bardstown Bourbon Company. One of the most technically advanced distilleries, it collaborates with some of the world's top alcohol and spirit makers. It also is the first distillery on the Bourbon Trail to deliver a full-service kitchen and bar experience. Informed by Kentucky culinary classics and the world’s finest flavors, Bardstown Bourbon includes a little something for everyone.
“There’s no greater example of a distillery that brings the very best to the bourbon loving world,” says Dan Callaway, Director of Hospitality at Bardstown Bourbon Company. “When you come to our distillery, we’re transparent about everything that goes into our bourbon by putting the ingredients and the creation process for tourists and the community at large to see.”
Did you know that Bardstown Bourbon Company:
- Is the nation’s 7th largest distillery
- Celebrates the art of making high-quality and authentic whiskey
- Produces custom rye, whiskey, and bourbon for prominent brands like Bird Dog, High West, Belle Meade, Kentucky Owl, and many others through its one-of-a-kind collaborative distilling program.
Take the vacation of a lifetime this summer
As you plan your next getaway, consider moving Kentucky to the top of the list. The open road is calling your name, so why not take the one less traveled? Head on down to the Bourbon Trail and make sure you check out Bardstown Bourbon Company – for a unique, modern and transparent bourbon experience like no other.