101 Must Places to Visit in Kentucky Before You Die

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There is probably no other writer in the state who has written more about the fascinating people, places and things you find in the Bluegrass state. And, this compilation will not disappoint. From A for Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace near Hodgenville to Z for the Zachary Taylor Cemetery in Louisville, Gary will entertain and delight you with his knowledge and mesmerizing detail that will force you into your automobile for a cross-state adventure you’ll never forget.

In 101 Must Places to Visit, Gary West has captured enough localities to keep your travel schedule booked for years.” Bill Goodman, Producer/Host of Kentucky Tonight, One to One

“The book is well-organized by region and town. If you travel the state on a regular basis, it would be perfect to stick in the glove compartment for ready reference.” Keith L. Runyon, Book Editor, Courier-Journal

“In his years of writing for Kentucky Monthly, Gary has shown time and time again that he is a master of finding the treasure that is off the beaten path, those hidden, out-of-the-way gems, and that is evident in this book.” Stephen M. Vest, Editor & Publisher, Kentucky Monthly

A Few of the Places Mentioned

Western Region of Kentucky
Bill Monroe Homeplace – Rosine, KY
Columbus-Belmont State Park – Columbus, KY
Fancy Farm Picnic – Fancy Farm, KY
John James Audubon State Park – Henderson, KY
Kentucky Lake  – Western KY
Land Between the Lakes – Golden Pond, KY
Museum of Fine Art – Owensboro, KY
National Quilt Museum – Paducah, KY
Riverside Park – Dawson Springs, KY
The Strange Procession That Never Moves – Mayfield, KY

Central Region of Kentucky
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace – Hodgenville, KY
Beaumont Inn – Harrodsburg, KY
Bernheim Forest – Clermont, KY
Bourbon Trail – Six Counties
Center for Kentucky History – Frankfort, KY
Constitution Square – Danville, KY
Federal Hill – Bardstown, KY
Frankfort Cemetery – Frankfort, KY
Gold Vault – Ft. Knox, KY
Governor’s Mansion – Frankfort, KY
Great American Dollhouse Museum – Danville, KY
Kentucky State Capitol – Frankfort, KY
Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Frankfort, Ky
Lincoln Jamboree – Hodgenville, KY
Lower Howard’s Creek – Winchester, KY
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train – Bardstown, KY
Old State Capitol – Frankfort, KY
Patton Museum – Ft. Knox, KY
Perryville Battlefield – Perryville, KY
Renfro Valley – Mt. Vernon, KY
Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola – Elizabethtown, KY
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg, KY
Somernite Cruise – Somerset, KY
Great American Brass Band Festival – Danville, KY
Toyota Plant Tour – Georgetown, KY
White Hall – Richmond, KY
Winery Tours – Kentucky
World’s Longest Yard Sale – Hwy 127
Yew Dell Gardens – Crestwood, KY

South Central Region
Beech Bend Park – Bowling Green, KY
Kentucky Down Under – Horse Cave, KY
Kentuckys Stonehenge – Munfordville, KY
Lake Cumberland – South Central, KY
Lost River Cave & Valley – Bowling Green, KY
Mammoth Cave National Park – Mammoth Cave, KY
National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, KY
Russellville, Kentucky – Russellville, KY
Wigwam Village – Cave City, KY

Northern Region
Big Bone Lick State Park – Union, KY
Covered Bridges of Kentucky – Flemingsburg, KY
MainStrasse Village – Covington, KY
Maysville, Kentucky – Maysville, KY
Newport Aquarium – Newport, KY
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption – Covington, KY

Eastern Region
Berea, Kentucky – Berea, KY
Breaks Interstate Park – Pike County, KY
Carter Caves – Olive Hill, KY
Country Music Highway – Eastern KY
Cumberland Falls – Corbin, KY
Cumberland Gap – Middlesboro, KY
Harland Sanders Cafe – Corbin, KY
Hillbilly Days – Pikeville, KY
Mountain Arts Center – Prestonsburg, KY
Natural Bridge – Slade, KY
Pikeville Cut-Through – Pikeville, KY
Red River Gorge – Slade, KY
Stearns, Kentucky – Stearns, KY
World Chicken Festival – London, KY

Lexington, Kentucky – Lexington, KY
Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville, KY

Note From the Author
Over the past several years some of my friends have said they would like to do what I’m doing: writing books about interesting places to eat and fun places to shop. I’ve replied with the much overused phrase, but appropriate, that “somebody had to do it.”

Criss-crossing the state, visiting almost all of Kentucky’s 120 counties, I have assembled 101 Must Places To Visit in Kentucky Before You Die. These “Must Places” are probably just down the road from where you live. Some are well-known attractions, others not so much. Some cost to see, while some are free. Regardless, all are worth a visit.

A book listing 101 must places to visit is a huge undertaking. However, in the end it confirms an inventory of some of the best-known and unknown places in Kentucky.

Some are historical, some entertaining, others outright fun, while a few are whimsical or even quirky. You can be sure that in these pages there is something for everyone.


Gary P. West

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author

Gary P. West  Gary P. West has simple criteria when it comes to writing books. “I only take on a project that I will enjoy writing about and I only write about something I think people will enjoy reading,” he says. West grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1967 with a journalism degree. At U.K. he was a daily sports editor for the Kentucky Kernel. Throughout his extensive career he has served as executive director of the Hillt Learn More about Gary P. West

Book Details
Author: Gary P. West
Pages: 232 pages
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-935001-29-4
Cover Type: Hardcover
Case Quantity: 30

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