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Kentucky itinerary: Lexington


Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World, features breathtaking scenic beauty, Southern hospitality, easy accessibility and a thriving urban core. Explore Lexington’s equine industry with a visit to the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park or iconic Keeneland. Regional specialties and farm-to-table dining are staples in the South, but in Lexington groups also will find a booming culinary scene. Lexington is home to a wide variety of locally owned establishments serving up everything from top-notch sushi and Mediterranean to Thai and West African cuisine.

“We welcome the opportunity to showcase our signature industries and the authentic experiences found in Lexington to tour operators and groups of all sizes,” said Niki Goldey, director of communications for VisitLEX.

Lexington Distillery District

Elkhorn Tavern in Lexington, KentuckyPhoto: VisitLEX

Elkhorn Tavern, Lexington, Ky.


The Lexington Distillery District, one of the city’s newest, vibrant dining and entertainment hubs, features the newly opened historic James E. Pepper Distillery as well as bold, unique flavors at Goodfellas Pizza, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, and Elkhorn Tavern. The district also includes a music hall, art galleries and special event spaces.

Buffalo Trace

Tour at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KentuckyPhoto: VisitLEX

Tour, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, Ky.


Groups that want to taste genuine bourbon are in the right place. Buffalo Trace is America’s oldest continuously operating distillery and has been making world-renowned, legendary bourbon for more than 200 years. Groups can take a complimentary tour that will guide them through the warehouses and Blanton’s Bottling Hall, followed by a tasting.


Spring workout at Keeneland in Lexington, KentuckyPhoto: VisitLEX

Spring workout, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky.


Keeneland has been home to some of the finest horse racing dating all the way back to 1936. Live racing is offered in the spring and fall (during the months of April and October). Throughout the rest of the year, groups can witness morning workouts each day or choose to take one of several guided tours, or the self-guided walking tour.

The Sire Hotel Lexington

Distilled at The Sire Hotel Lexington in Lexington, KentuckyPhoto: The Sire Hotel Lexington

Distilled, The Sire Hotel Lexington, Lexington, Ky.


Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Sire Hotel Lexington provides unequaled Southern hospitality. Each room is designed for luxury, featuring sleek, modern furnishings. Guests can experience a fine-dining experience at Distilled, which boasts an exceptional wine, bourbon and whiskey selection.



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