Kentucky Vacation: Coronavirus Information
Most Kentucky hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your Kentucky trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page (opens in new window).
Where to stay in Kentucky
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Downtown Cincinnati is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, fascinating museums, and great live music. You might also want to check out attractions like Paul Brown Stadium or Great American Ball Park while you're exploring the neighborhood.
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The cultural heart of the city beats with baseball, boxing and music, with sporting fields, live bands and a center for Muhammad Ali, the city’s most famous son.
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While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Rupp Arena and Lexington Opera House.
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Mount Adams is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Cincinnati Art Museum and Eden Park.
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Old Louisville is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Conrad Caldwell House and Asia Institute Crane House while you're in town.
Top Hotels in Kentucky
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Top things to do in Kentucky
Thoroughbred Horse Farm Tour of the Kentucky Bluegrass
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Kentucky Vacation Packages
Attend a horse race watched by fans around the world and enjoy bluegrass music in the state where it was first played. On one special day in May, Louisville comes alive for the Kentucky Derby, with thoroughbred horses racing around the oval track of Churchill Downs for just 2 minutes. Join the crowd watching the jockeys on their sleek steeds or place a bet. Be sure to wear a dress and hat or bowtie. Enjoy the race while sipping on the hometown drink, a mint julep, and eating burgoo, a thick, meaty stew.
Spend some time in the city for Derby Festival during the 2 weeks leading up to the race. Join or watch the marathon race (human, not horses), a Texas hold’em poker competition, hot air balloon rides and gigantic fireworks, the Thunder Over Louisville.
Enjoy a variety of other activities in Louisville, from the Muhammad Ali Museum for the great boxer to the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory and the Louisville Mega Cavern.
Travel east through the bluegrass meadows of horse country to Lexington. Visit the working farm at Kentucky Horse Park. Hike around the 350-acre (142-hectare) Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.
See horsepower of a different kind at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, with its more than 70 vintage sports cars. Take an underground boat tour at Lost River Cave and Valley.
For historic appreciation, visit Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home in Hodgkenville, the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington and Daniel Boone Monument in the capital city of Frankfort. Follow the Civil War trail through Cumberland Gap and other battlefields.
In the west, enjoy hiking in the Appalachian Mountains. Listen to the region’s hillbilly bluegrass music with its banjoes, fiddles and other stringed instruments. Visit the Bluegrass Music Museum on Owensboro. Many cities and small towns across the state have summer bluegrass festivals.
Travel to the state’s forests, meadows, caves and lakes. At Bardstown, see My Old Kentucky Home State Park. You’ll come to appreciate Stephen Foster’s sentiments when he wrote the state song: “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home…”
Booking the Best Kentucky Vacations Packages
Whether you’re heading to Kentucky for a relaxing getaway, a trip to the Derby, or a trek through the Appalachian Mountains, start planning your Kentucky vacation on Expedia, where you can book all your travel in one place. Save more when you bundle your flight and hotel together; you’ll find Kentucky vacation packages for every budget:
- Book a Louisville vacation package, and you’ll be spelunking through Louisville Mega Caverns or touring the Slugger Museum and Factory in no time.
- Find a Lexington vacation package perfect for your trip to the Horse Capital of the World, where you can check out the Festival of the Bluegrass and sip Kentucky Bourbon at nearby distilleries.
- Plan a visit to the National Corvette Museum with your Bowling Green vacation package.
Our travel packages include hotel rooms with flights and/or car rental, and bring you additional discounts on your next trip to Kentucky.
Head to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, to witness the famous 144-year-old Thoroughbred horse race. Held annually every May, the event draws over 100,000 people each year. Be one of those visitors by booking a Kentucky Derby vacation package. When you’re not at the Derby, stroll down historic Frankfort Avenue for shopping and fine dining, or visit one of the many local museums.
Enjoy a relaxing stay by the shoreline at one of these lakefront hotels in Kentucky. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are two of the most popular lakes in the state, where visitors can go fishing and boating and stay in cozy lakefront accommodations. Book a stay near Lake Cumberland and take in views of its 8 waterfalls. No matter which lake you’re visiting, there are several Kentucky lake vacation packages perfect for your trip. Get started building your Kentucky vacation bundle with Expedia to earn more savings and access some of the best hotels and resorts in the area.
Golf in Kentucky
Your Kentucky getaway won’t be complete without a few rounds of golf on some of the most beautiful courses in the state. Choose from several golf vacation packages in Kentucky, and you’ll be hitting the links before you can say “birdie.” Reserve tee times at beautiful public golf courses such as Heritage Hill and Nevel Meade outside of Louisville, StoneCrest in forested Prestonsburg, and Eagle Ridge near the border of West Virginia. Expedia has a vast inventory of golf resorts in Kentucky, and you can package those with a car rental or flight for the best deals!