Deep in the heart of the Bluegrass State you will find the city of Lexington, which is steeped in southern history, yet full of all the culture of a modern urban center. It is the second largest city in Kentucky and known by some as the “Horse Capital of the World” because of the local obsession with horse racing and everything to do with this majestic animal. Lexington is even preparing to host the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games. There is much more to this southern hotspot than horses, though, as visitors discover year after year. Many people are surprised to find just how charming, entertaining, and culturally fulfilling this city of southern hospitality truly is.
Many discover Lexington when they visit the state for the Kentucky Derby, which is not far from the city. Lexington is also home to the Keeneland Thoroughbred Horse Track and numerous well-known horse farms. The city also attracts music lovers every year for the Festival of the Bluegrass, the state’s oldest annual bluegrass festival that takes place every June. The American Indian Festival is another family friendly event, which returns every November featuring food, clothing, music, stories, and other hallmarks of this fascinating culture.
Lexington is a well-educated city; it ranks 10th among United States cities in the rate of college education with 39.5 percent of residents holding at least a bachelor’s degree. The city is home to the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Education and culture go hand in hand, so it is no surprise that Lexington is also home to the Singletary Center for the Arts, the Anthropology Museum, and the Kentucky Theatre.
Numerous museums and historical structures are also peppered across the city and surrounding areas. The Lexington History Center is an important group of museums, which is found in the old Fayette County Courthouse in the heart of downtown. Explore a museum dedicated to the history of the region, and another dedicated to public safety, or wander through a new third wing, dedicated to the history of pharmaceuticals in the Bluegrass State. Other historical structures and cultural centers include the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, the Headley-Whitney Museum, Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington Cemetery, Martin Castle, Mary Todd Lincoln House, the UK Basketball Museum, and Waveland State Historic Site.
Another great idea for visitors is to start in Lexington and continue on to the surrounding areas, where there are many other great adventures waiting. Toyota has a plant in nearby Georgetown, which makes Lexington a popular choice for business travelers. It is also a destination for nature lovers, who stop by the city on their way to go camping at Red River Gorge, which is a favorite rock-climbing destination. Cincinnati and Louisville are also both just a short drive away for explorers who want to get the most out of their southern visit.
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