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Lexington
Travel Guide

Lexington featuring a sunset and a city

Lose yourself exploring the “Horse Capital of the World,” with its historic houses, breweries, wilderness parks and horse farms.

Located in the heart of Kentucky’s fertile bluegrass region, Lexington is a big city with a strong rural identity. Nicknamed the “Horse Capital of the World,” the city edge is surrounded by horse farms. Take the time to discover its historical houses, sample fresh brewed beer and see the majestic American Saddlebred, the region’s native horse.

Downtown is a mix of modern glass structures and old brick buildings. Start the day with a coffee from one of the many cafés. Pick up local produce from the Bluegrass Farmers Market on Richmond Road. Get around downtown by bus or on foot.

Head to ArtsPlace for a cultural experience in the city center. In this impressive beaux-arts style building you’ll find a number of art exhibitions and workshops. Children can get hands on with science at the children’s museum, Explorium of Lexington. See real planes and try flight simulators at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky just outside the city center.

Lexington is famous for its locally brewed beer. Sample some of the region’s finest beer and spirits at the Barrel House Distillery or Kentucky Ale. Take a guided tour, browse gift shops and try fresh brews in the tasting rooms.

Rent a car to leave town and breathe in the fresh air of the city’s rural outskirts, characterized by gentle rolling plateaus and fertile soil. The biggest city in Kentucky is Louisville, 78 miles (125 kilometers) west of Lexington.

Take a tour of one of the many horse farms to see champion steeds. Watch the speed of these majestic animals at the historic Keeneland Race Course. The American Saddlebred Museum showcases artifacts and displays about this local breed of horse.

Take in the scenic beauty of the region on a hike through the nearby Boone Creek Outdoors wilderness park. Challenge yourself with a zip line canopy tour to see the Boone Creek Gorge from above. Guided tours, fly-fishing trips and more can be booked at the information center at the entrance to the park.

After a busy day, treat the family to local cuisine such as a farmer’s steak and Kentucky chocolates from restaurants in downtown.

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington North
Courtyard by Marriott Lexington North
3 out of 5
775 Newtown Ct, Lexington, KY
Free cancellation
The price is €88 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Eastern State Hospital and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Rupp Arena. West Sixth Brewing and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (965 reviews)
"Liked the small patio outside of our sliding door."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Lexington North
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
3.5 out of 5
1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY
The price is €156 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Eastern State Hospital, West Sixth Brewing and Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church. Whitaker ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (818 reviews)
"Overall solid hotel on all fronts."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
Hyatt Place Lexington
Hyatt Place Lexington
3 out of 5
2001 Bryant Rd, Lexington, KY
The price is €115 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kroger Field, Fayette Mall and University of Kentucky. Transylvania University and Lexington ...
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)
"Hotel was in a good location to restaurants and bars. Clean and friendly with free onsite parking."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

Hyatt Place Lexington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
3710 Leestown Road, Lexington, KY
The price is €203 per night from 6 Jul to 6 Jul
Situated in Lexington, this romantic cottage is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Masterson Station Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Headley-Whitney Museum. Rupp Arena and Mary ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)
Country setting at its finest
"Stayed here for 2 nights, while here for the Horsey Hundred bike ride.....really enjoyed my stay on this lovely farm. The cottage was well-appointed and very clean. The bed was extremely comfortable, as were the soft sheets. The kitchen was well-equipped, and although I only made breakfasts, it would ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2021

Charming Cottage Home On A Farm In The Kentucky Horse Country! Relax!
Linden Place is a new Gated Cabin Located in the Middle of Bluegrass Horse Farms
Linden Place is a new Gated Cabin Located in the Middle of Bluegrass Horse Farms
2111 Ironworks Rd, Georgetown, KY
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from UK HealthCare Georgetown and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kentucky Horse Park and The American ...
5/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Beautiful and peaceful
"The cabin was beautiful, clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The owners made our stay special with all the treats, refreshments and breakfast provided for us on the counter and in the refrigerator. The shower was awesome with all the jets. You can takes evening walks on the property ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

Linden Place is a new Gated Cabin Located in the Middle of Bluegrass Horse Farms
Romantic/historic Bluegrass Trust Getaway for Two in Downtown Lex!
Romantic/historic Bluegrass Trust Getaway for Two in Downtown Lex!
361 S Upper St, Lexington, KY
Located in the centre of Lexington, this family-friendly holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Lexington History Center and Rupp Arena. University of Kentucky ...
5/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Clean Comfort
"The historic property was everything described and more - clean, comfortable, all little wants and needs anticipated and taken care of. There is street noise, you are in a city. And you can walk everywhere in the city from this property."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Romantic/historic Bluegrass Trust Getaway for Two in Downtown Lex!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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