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Bowling Green: National Corvette Museum Admission

1. Bowling Green: National Corvette Museum Admission

Cruise through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to see the earliest classics to the latest model 'Vettes. Explore the “Corvette Cave In” exhibit, and check out the aftermath of the sinkhole that swallowed 8 Corvettes. For the little tikes, head over to KidZone, an area where children can design, build, and test play cars and "work" in a service station just their size.  Drive the racing simulator, and then make a pit stop at the Stingray Grill to refuel with some classic American fare. Purchase a raffle ticket to win a brand new Corvette. Take a final lap through the Corvette Store for a little shopping before you cross the finish line.

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From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

2. From Lexington: Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Race Track Visit

Discover why Lexington is known as the Horse Capital of the World on this three-hour tour. Start the experience with a walking tour through the ivy-covered grounds of the historic Keeneland Race Track, home to the world’s most expensive horse auctions. Next, take a peek into the lifestyle of thoroughbred horses as you go behind the scenes at a thoroughbred farm and get up close and personal with majestic horses. Later, enjoy a drive by the famous Calumet Farm and learn about the history of the farm, which was the home of a breeding and racing dynasty that dominated the sport during the 1940s, 1950s, and beyond. Continue the tour to the filming locations of the major motion pictures Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Dreamer. Finally, visit the grave site of the 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew, at one of the most beautiful farms in Kentucky.

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Lexington: Ashland Henry Clay Estate Ticket with Guided Tour

3. Lexington: Ashland Henry Clay Estate Ticket with Guided Tour

Discover Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay, the "Great Pacificator” and one of Kentucky's most famous statesmen. Enjoy a variety of narrated tours through the grounds as you explore the 18-room Italianate-style mansion which was rebuilt as a testament to the former political leader by his family. Your guided tour will grant you access to Ashland and deepen your understanding of important events in American History. The theme of the tours varies depending on the day of the week. In addition to a guided tour,  have time to explore everything from the grand drawing room to the bedrooms all highlighting the life and legacy of Henry Clay. Learn about how slavery shaped the Ashland and Clay's America. Visitors will marvel at artifacts related to Clay's legacy as a horse-breeder and scientific farmer. After touring both floors of the mansion, take a self-guided tour of the grounds taking in the lush scenery of Lexington. Signature Tour: Enjoy a narrated 1-hour tour of Ashland, stepping back in time to the 19th century as you explore the 18-room Italianate-style mansion re-built as a testament to the former political leader by his family. End your visit with a stroll of the gardens and grounds, Civil War monument, and rotating exhibits, at your leisure. Women's Voices Tour:  This poignant tour focuses on 9 women of Ashland who span a century of social, cultural, and political evolution. As you visit the rooms they inhabited, hear their voices–the causes they championed, the challenges they faced, and the heartache they suffered. Also, find out about the changing role of women from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. Traces: Slavery at Ashland Tour: Walk in the footsteps of the men, women, and children who were enslaved at Ashland on this indoor/outdoor tour. Learn about how historians use traces of evidence to uncover their stories. Listen to the voices of those who resisted bondage and honor the memory of those who were forced into labor. Art & Grounds Tour: Combine history, art, and nature as you explore Henry Clay’s lifelong interest in agriculture. Take a stroll on one of Clay’s walking paths and interact with John Henry’s Monumental sculptures while enjoying the beauty of this historic arboretum and home of Henry Clay. Ashland docents lead these 45-minute walking tours, offering historical background, tree identification, and stories about the people who lived and worked on these grounds. Combo Tour: With this option, enjoy the Signature Tour coupled with either Women's Voices (Friday/Saturday only) or Traces: Slavery at Ashland (Tuesday/Thursday only). Get an overview of the style and architecture of the estate alongside important historical context.

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Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

4. Louisville: Frazier Kentucky History Museum - Entry Ticket

Explore the Frazier Kentucky History Museum located in downtown Louisville in a late 19th century, Chicago-style building. Start by exploring the collections that are spread over 3 floors including exhibits, an education center, Museum Store, and a small theater. See some really cool artifacts, from the bow and arrows of the famous Native American, Geronimo, to the original “Big Stick” of President Theodore Roosevelt, each piece is displayed with a thought-provoking story. Next, watch one of the multiple live performances which happen every day performed by costumed actors known as “teaching artists”. The experience brings visitors face to face with some of the people and events that changed the world.  After this, head over to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, home to the official starting point of the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The friendly concierge service guides help visitors plan their trips to Bourbon distilleries throughout the state, and can give advice on how to navigate Louisville’s burgeoning Bourbon, culinary, and nightlife scene. Finally, head over to The Spirit of Kentucky Exhibition for a visual guide to the history, craft, and culture of the Bourbon industry. Learn stories of the people, places, and events that have made Bourbon the signature product of Kentucky and America’s only true native spirit.

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Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

5. Louisville: Old Louisville Walking Ghost Tour

If you love old architecture and spooky history, this is the tour for you! The New York Times recommends it as the first thing to do during your time in Louisville. Join a guide for this nightly walk that introduces you to the ghostly past and paranormal hotspots in America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood. Best enjoyed against the backdrop of gas lamps and hidden walking courts, this Louisville-based ghost tour has received awards and accolades from national and international publications. Stroll around and marvel at the old architecture as your guide tells you all about the spooky history of Old Louisville. Discover the fascinating stories behind some of Old Louisville's most famous legends such as the Witches' Tree, the lady in the stairs, the hanging man, and the James Carroll murder house. Hear the stories of supernatural activity and ghost apparitions as your guide tell you the convincing facts around the causes for the haunted houses, haunted church, the haunted street corner, or the haunted park

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Louisville: Antique Firearm Shooting with Expert Instructor

6. Louisville: Antique Firearm Shooting with Expert Instructor

Step back in time and discover the history of the flintlock pistol, along with the long rifle. Learn the history of these unique firearms and their role in America's westward expansion. With your expert instructor giving you a safety overview, choose between a Daniel Boone long rifle or a flintlock pistol. Try your hand at the range and load and shoot three rounds. If you are already experienced or looking for more of an adventure, bring out your inner-Alexander Hamilton and challenge a friend to a 17th-century style pistol duel. Whether a private shooting experience or an old-fashioned pistol duel with a friend, enjoy a hands-on history lesson in a safe environment with an expert instructor.

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Bowling Green: Historic RailPark & Train Museum Entry & Tour

7. Bowling Green: Historic RailPark & Train Museum Entry & Tour

Your experience begins as you pass by five historic train cars to enter the museum through the gift shop. Inside the gift shop, staff and tour guides will be waiting to tell you about the day's tour schedule and assist with anything you may need. The gift shop offers all kinds of train memorabilia, toy trains, puzzles, and anything else a train fan could want, as well as themed activities.  The museum has something for all ages. Vintage equipment and artifacts will stoke the memories of those old enough to have experienced this bygone era in the United States' transportation past. Children will be both entertained and educated by informative, interactive displays. Hear from a real L&N Cook, Pullman Porter, and Conductor. See what life was like for these employees as well as for the travelers.  Stroll through the museum at your own pace until it's time for your guided tour. Your guide will meet you on the first floor of the museum on the same wooden benches used for passengers in the depot since 1925. As you sit inside, hear about the history of the Louisville and Nashville railroad and more. In the next portion of your tour, you'll get to board the train cars, starting in an E8 diesel-electric locomotive. Then you'll move into the Railway Post Office, or RPO car. Next have a seat in the Duncan Hines Dining Car, and find out what meals were like for those eating, cooking, and serving on the trains. See what it was like to travel in first, second, and third class aboard the Towering Pine Sleeper Car. The last stop on your tour is the L&N Presidential Car, the oldest surviving passenger car from the L&N Railroad.

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From Louisville: Derby Week Bourbon Distillery Tours

8. From Louisville: Derby Week Bourbon Distillery Tours

Spend a day in Kentucky Bourbon Country at some of the world's finest bourbon distilleries. See why famous brands and craft makers of bourbon and whiskey call Kentucky home. Scattered across the state, bourbon distilleries old and new produce some of the world’s favorite spirits. Each tour includes stops at two Kentucky bourbon distilleries with full tours and tastings, plus lunch at a locally-owned Kentucky restaurant. Following the experience, return to Louisville with a greater understanding of Kentucky's bourbon tradition. The schedule for the Bourbon Country Derby Week tours is as follows: • April 29, 30: Buffalo Trace and Bulleit Distilling • May 1: Buffalo Trace and Bulleit Distilling, or Stitzel-Weller and Barton 1792 • May 3: Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey

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Bardstown: Kentucky Bourbon Weekend Getaway with Tastings

9. Bardstown: Kentucky Bourbon Weekend Getaway with Tastings

The adventure begins with pickup by a personal chauffeur and drop-off to your lodgings for the weekend. After check-in, receive your evening plans, which are designed just for you. The following morning begins with a light breakfast and then heads straight to the family owned and operated Willett Distillery.  Enjoy exclusive access to the Willett products before the distillery is open to the public, and dive right into the rich American history of bourbon making. Next, embark on another early-access shopping adventure at Heaven Hill, and sip on barrel aged Elijah Craig coffee while you shop. Later, enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour at Heaven Hill’s impressive Bourbon Heritage Center, followed by an elevated tasting session, which includes William Heavenhill’s 13-year-old bourbon. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head back to Willett for a private farm-to-table lunch, paired with up to 2 cocktails. After lunch, enjoy yet another private tasting session in 1 of the distillery’s bespoke tasting rooms. The final distillery of the day is Bardstown Bourbon Company. Take a guided tour of the distillery and learn the art of bourbon production. Afterwards, taste a selection of the company’s limited release bourbons, then partake in an exclusive cocktail class led by a mixologist at the Bottle & Bond Bar. End the tour with another farm-to-table dinner in one of the Bardstown Bourbon Company’s impressive rooms. Dinner concludes with a tasting session customized for your group. The final stop of the day is the legendary speakeasy in the heart of town, the Blind Pig. Sip on yet more tasty drinks, or relax with a cigar.  The next morning, enjoy a final breakfast before heading off.

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Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

10. Old Louisville: History and Architecture Walking Tour

In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville.  Join this walking tour through Old Louisville with a professional guide and marvel at more than 1,000 old houses, churches, and buildings of this iconic and beautiful neighborhood. Listen as your guide tells you all about this preserved district and the history of the people who lived there.  Enjoy the tour recommended by The New York Times as a "must" during your time in the city to discover the colorful history of Old Louisville in a very entertaining way.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 87 reviews

ENJOYED SEEING ALL THE DIFFERENT CORVETTES UNDER ONE ROOF. WE DID NOT HAVE A GUIDE, WHICH I LIKED, BECAUSE YOU COULD MOVE ABOUT AT YOUR OWN PACE.

Vicky was great. We learned so much about horses and horse racing. Glad we chose this tour. We would recommend this activity to everyone.

Very well done, the cars they gave display are fantastic, really cool to see the different styles and learn the history of corvetts.

This was amazing! Guides were fantastic, scenery beautiful! Tons of great photos. Definitely worth doing!

Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and make this tour very interesting.