Kentucky

Known as the Bluegrass State, this name actually comes from the beautiful grass with a bluish hue on the rolling Central Kentucky hills, rather than from the music with which its name is synonymous. Kentucky is probably better known for its equine interests and being the home of the Kentucky Derby, as well as for its bourbon and music.

Enjoy the scenic beauty of Kentucky from the lakes and rivers in the west of the state to the foothills of the Appalachians in the east, your Kentucky holiday will have a fantastic backdrop from which to sample the array of attractions on offer, and enjoy the wonderful hospitality.

Our sample itineraries will give you a good idea of what is on offer, but we would be happy to tailor-make a fly-drive for you. We have a selection of hotels and inns available throughout the state so if there is something specific you are looking for, please let is know.

Contact us for packages to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Three Day Event held in May each year.

Kentucky Eclipse 2017

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

 

18 August        Arrive in Lexington
Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, with over 50 breeds of horse, or take the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visit one of the popular distilleries such as Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve or Buffalo Trace. Take a tour of the Labrot and Graham Distillery, which has been restored to its original 1840’s operating condition.
Stay two nights in Lexington.

20 August        Lexington to Bowling Green, approx. 161 miles
Take a trip to Mammoth Cave National Park which contains more than 367 miles of passages on five levels.

21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse seen best from Hopkinsville. Drive from Bowling Green to Hopkinsville, approx. 64 miles
 Hopkinsville in the western part of the state will be the epicenter of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, where you will be able to view this extraordinary event longer than anywhere else on the planet.

The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from the United States was July 11, 1991, and even then it could only be seen from part of Hawaii. Since that time, sky watchers have had their sights set on August 21, 2017, which will mark the first time since February 26, 1979, a total solar eclipse has been visible from the contiguous United States. While this eclipse will be the first since 1918 with a path of totality crossing the USA’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the ideal location to view it will be nestled in the heart of western Kentucky.

Legendary cars, wooden roller coasters, vintage railcars, and underground boat tours drive Bowling Green’s ability to entertain and educate with a new adventure around every curve. This small city rolls out a red carpet experience for anyone in search of an opportunity to sample the Southern hospitality of a unique town on the move. The first of only two cities in Kentucky earning the Dozen Distinctive Destination recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, history blends with the contemporary in Bowling Green.
Stay two nights in Bowling Green.    

Stay two nights in Bowling Green.

22 August       Bowling Green to Paducah, approx. 149 miles
At the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, Paducah’s a rich heritage and colourful past. It is home to the River Heritage Museum, the Museum of the American Quilters Society and the Market House Museum.
Stay one night in Paducah.

23 August       Paducah to Owensboro, approx. 128 miles
Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in Western Kentucky, Owensboro is known as Kentucky’s Festival City, with events including the International Bar-B-Q Festival, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Big O Music Fest and the International Mystery Writer’s Festival. There’s always plenty to do here, and plenty to eat! Take a detour and visit Rosine to see Bill Munroe’s home, the father of bluegrass music.
Stay one night in Owensboro.

24 August       Owensboro to Louisvillle, approx. 107 miles
Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby, which is run in May every year at Churchill Downs. Regardless of the time of year you can tour Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, or take a look at another sport at the Louisville Slugger Museum.  The Mohammad Ali Center is an inspiring tribute to world famous boxing legend. There are numerous bars and restaurants, as well as river cruises.
Stay two nights in Louisville.

26 August      Drive to Lexington for your flight home.

8 Nights
Prices from:
£1992 per person

Suggested Itinerary

Bourbon, Bluegrass and Blues

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation

Day 1 - Arrive in Lexington, KY
Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World. Visit the Kentucky Horse Park, with over 50 breeds of horse, or take the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visit one of the popular distilleries such as Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve or Buffalo Trace. Stay three nights in Lexington.

Day 4 - Lexington to Renfro Valley, KY, approx. 50 miles
Designated one of America’s unique National Byways, the Country Music Highway will take you through the region which is home to many well-known country music stars. A visit to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must. Spend one night in Renfro Valley.

Day 5 - Renfro Valley to Bardstown, KY, approx. 80 miles
Here eclectic shops, cultural and historical heritage blend beautifully. Visit the Jim Beam American Outpost to learn all about distilling. Stay for one night in Bardstown.

Day 6 - Bardstown to Nashville, TN, approx.155 miles.
In ‘Music City USA’ you can take a free dance lesson at the Wild   Horse Saloon, see some love music at one of the many clubs on Lower Broadway, tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, or take a river cruise on the Cumberland River. Spend two nights in Nashville..

Day 8 - Nashville to Memphis, TN, approx. 210 miles
Visit Graceland, the legendary home of Elvis Presley, Sun Studio and the W.C. Handy House Museum. In the evening enjoy some live music on one of the many Beale Street bars. Overnight for two nights in Memphis.

Day 10 - Memphis to Paducah, KY, approx. 175 miles.
At the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers, Paducah’s a rich heritage and colourful past. It is home to the River Heritage Museum, the Museum of the American Quilters Society and the Market House Museum. Spend one night in Paducah.

Day 11 - Paducah to Owensboro, KY, approx. 145 miles
Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River in Western Kentucky, Owensboro is known as Kentucky’s Festival City, with events including the International Bar-B-Q Festival, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Big O Music Fest and the International Mystery Writer’s Festival. There’s always plenty to do here, and plenty to eat! Take a detour to Mammoth Cave National Park contains more than 367 miles of passages on five levels.

Day 12 - Owensboro to Louisville KY, approx. 105 miles
Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby, which is run in May every year at Churchill Downs. Regardless of the time of year you can tour Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, or take a look at another sport at the Louisville Slugger Museum. The Mohammad Ali Center is an inspiring tribute to world famous boxing legend. There are numerous bars and restaurants, as well as river cruises. Stay for three nights in Louisville.

Day 15 - Louisville to Lexington, approx. 75 miles
Drive to Lexington for your flight home.

14 Nights
Prices from:
£1260 per person
Kentucky Traditions

Price includes flights, car hire and accommodation 

Day 1
Arrive in Louisville. Famously known as the home of the Kentucky Derby, a visit to the Churchill Downs race course and Kentucky Derby Museum is a must. Kentucky’s largest city is also home to the Louisville Slugger Museum, where you will experience the thrill of stepping up to the plate and hearing great announcers call some of the most memorable hits in baseball. What is more part of America’s culture than Kentucky Fried Chicken? The Louisville Visitors Center has partnered with KFC and offers an interesting exhibit on Colonel Harland Sanders and how he turned his ‘secret recipe’ chicken into a global franchise. The Mohammad Ali Center is an inspiring tribute to world famous boxing legend. There are numerous bars and restaurants, as well as river cruises. Spend two nights in Louisville.

Day 3
Drive to Rough River Dam State Park, 95 miles, where you will overnight for one night. This famous park is set in beautiful countryside with a 5,000 acre lake, boating, golfing, fishing, tennis and walking and hiking trails.

Day 4
Head to Bardstown today, 75 miles. You can Mammoth Cave National Park, a geological wonder, or the Corvette Museum, where you can see the step by step production of the famous Corvette sports car. Bardstown is the location of My Old Kentucky Home, which was made famous in the ballad written by Stephen Foster and where you can tour the stately, antebellum mansion. Stay one night in Bardstown.

Day 5
Continue your journey to Renfro Valley, 80 miles, in the heart of the Appalachian region. Visit the unique community of Berea, designated the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky and in the evening take in the show at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, where traditional country music was first broadcast by John Lair in 1939.

Day 6
End your tour in Lexington, 50 miles, in the centre of the Bluegrass region. Take a tour of the Labrot and Graham Distillery, which has been restored to its original 1840’s operating condition. Don’t miss a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, set on over 1000 acres, with a Hall of Champions and a daily Parade of Breeds. Visitors can also take a short horse ride through the park. Spend your final two nights in Lexington.

Day 8
Return home.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£920 per person
House boating on Cumberland Lake

Price includes flights, car hire and houseboat accommodation. For a touring holiday with a difference, why not try a house boating holiday

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Lexington and collect your hire car.
Drive to Jamestown on Lake Cumberland, approx. 90 miles and check-in for your house boat rental

Day 2-7
Spend your days exploring the 1200 miles of shore-line of beautiful Lake Cumberland. Considered the birthplace of house boating in the USA, the lake offers numerous marinas where you can stop as well as watersports opportunities, such as jet skiing, tubing, fishing and swimming. Your holiday doesn’t have to be completely water based – several state parks border the lake, with beaches, hiking trials, nature programmes, horse riding and more.

Day 8
Return your house boat to the marina, collect your car and return to Lexington for your flight back to the UK.

7 Nights
Prices from:
£1195 per person

Kentucky Oaks, Derby & Rolex Packages

Contact us for details about 2017 packages sales@americaasyoulikeit.com or call 020 8742 8299

Prices from:
£1370 per person

Bardstown

Hampton Inn

This hotel is a short drive from My Old Kentucky Home State Park and several bourbon distilleries.

The contemporary rooms are comfortably furnished and have flat screen televisions, coffee makers, microwaves and wireless internet. Onsite, there is also a fitness centre and outdoor pool.

Moderate
£90 per room per night

Talbott Tavern

Built in 1779, this small historic inn is located in the heart of Bardstown

The five rooms are all unique furnished with period antiques and have televisions, refrigerators, coffee makers and wireless internet. There is also an onsite restaurant 

Inn
£85 per room per night

Lexington

Clarion Hotel 

This modern budget hotel is located six miles from Lexington’s world famous Horse Park.

The rooms are comfortably furnished and have flat screen televisions, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and wireless internet. There is also an onsite fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna and restaurant.

Moderate
£64 per room per night

Doubletree Suites Lexington


This European style hotel is located just minutes away from downtown Lexington.

The recently renovated rooms have flat screen televisions, large jetted tubs, mini refrigerators, coffee makers and air conditioning. Onsite, there is also a fitness room, pool and restaurant.

First Class
£126 per room per night

Louisville

Fairfield Inn and Suites Downtown   


This downtown hotel is located just minutes away from many of Louisville’s popular attractions including the Muhammad Ali Centre.

The recently renovated rooms have televisions, coffee makers, air conditioning and wireless internet. There is also an onsite fitness centre and indoor pool.

Moderate
£109 per room per night

Galt House Hotel


This elegant waterfront hotel is located close to great restaurants, museums and entertainment.

The rooms are beautifully furnished and have flat screen televisions, coffee makers and air conditioning. Onsite, there is also a fitness centre, outdoor pool and several dining options to choose from.

First Class
£128 per room per night

Owensboro

Holiday Inn Express Owensboro Riverfront     

Overlooking the Ohio River, this hotel is located in the newly developed riverfront area close to great shopping, dining and entertainment.

The rooms are modern and have flat screen televisions, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and wireless internet. Onsite, there is also fitness centre, outdoor pool and restaurant. 

Moderate
£80 per room per night

Paducah

Best Western Paducah Inn


This simple hotel is conveniently located for exploring the area’s main attractions including the National Quilt Museum. 

The rooms are comfortably furnished and have flat screen televisions, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and wireless internet. There is also an onsite fitness room and outdoor pool. 

Moderate
£62 per room per night

Renfro Valley

Days Inn Renfro Valley Mount Vernon


This simple hotel is conveniently located for exploring the major attractions in the area.

The rooms have televisions, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and wireless internet. There are two onsite restaurants and a fitness centre.

Tourist Class
£44 per room per night