Home to the world-renowned Kentucky Derby, celebrated food and spirits, and quintessentially southern bluegrass music, this all-American state is probably more famous than you think. With hotels in Kentucky, you can enjoy all the KFC, bourbon, and jug bands your heart desires, then branch out to discover hidden traditions. Try a Hot Brown sandwich—turkey, bacon, tomato, and cheese sauce over toast—or rustic, homemade “snow cream” for a taste of the authentic Bluegrass State. Search for the birthplace of “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson, or visit the hair-raising bottomless pit at the longest cave system on Earth. If you’re ready to explore, flights to Kentucky are waiting to introduce you to a weird and wonderful world.
Animal lovers, boozehounds, and foodies will all find something to love in “The Derby City.” Louisville hotels are the perfect home base to explore acclaimed Thoroughbred farms, bourbon makers, and culinary curiosities. Try some Derby Pie in Old Town, then hook up with the Urban Bourbon Trail and check out historic hotels, Victorian mansions, and live jazz, all while imbibing the state’s most famous libation. You can easily head back to your bucolic lakeside log cabin or spa retreat—thanks to the famed Derby, many Kentucky resorts are located in the Louisville area.
If you’d rather get away from city life, Kentucky’s southeastern corner is your pastoral paradise. At Land Between the Lakes, you’ll find hiking, swimming, fishing, and more in a seemingly endless outdoor playground. Whatever your dream vacation, the Gateway to the South can make it a reality. Search Travelocity’s selection of the best hotels and resorts in Kentucky, plus cheap airfare for all seasons. Book them together and you can save up to $537. Then mix up a mint julep and practice your clogging—the dance, that is.