Kentucky Vacations Put You in a Bluegrass State of Mind

Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, was admitted into the United States on June 1, 1792. With an area of more than 40,000 square miles, Kentucky's highest point is Black Mountain, at 4,145 feet above sea level. Rivers running through Kentucky include the Ohio River, the Mississippi River and the Green River. Among the famous who have called Kentucky home are boxer Muhammad Ali, President Abraham Lincoln, temperance and women's rights leader Carry Amelia Nation, writer Hunter S. Thompson and train engineer Casey Jones. Industry in Kentucky includes tourism, manufacturing, food processing and tobacco products. You and your family will enjoy Kentucky vacations any time of the year.

The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Louisville
The origins of the Louisville slugger are actually with wooden bed posts, bowling balls and swinging butter churns, the products that J. Fredrich Hillerich's J. F. Hillerich, Job Turning started offering after opening in1859. The name "Louisville Slugger" was trademarked in 1894., although bats had been manufactured since 1884. In 1905, Honus "The Flying Dutchman" Wagner, baseball star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, became the first baseball player and first professional athlete to ever endorse a product when he signed a contract to endorse the company's baseball bat. Today you can watch baseball bats being made, see the largest bat in the world and visit interactive exhibits at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

Admissions to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for children and free for children5 and under. The Factory & Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Hours vary.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hodgenville
Learn about the area in which Lincoln was a child when you visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace. You can watch a video about how Lincoln grew up in Kentucky and visit a pioneer log cabin similar to the one in which Lincoln lived. Take a hike along the Knob Creek, just like Lincoln did many times. Make sure that you check for special events before your visit and do not forget about the Junior Ranger Program.

Admission is free.

The Frazier International History Museum, Louisville
Trace America's history back through its British and European roots at the Frazier International History Museum. See live performers enact historical events. Permanent exhibits include Daniel Boone's Bible, General George Custer's pistols and a 19th-century gunsmith's workshop.

Admissions and hours vary.

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud Driving Tour, Pikeville
The origins of the Hatfield-McCoy feud are somewhat murky. The McCoy family lived in Kentucky while the Hatfield family lived across the river in West Virginia. Both families made moonshine, although the Hatfields were wealthier than the McCoys. When the Hatfied-McCoy feud erupted, the violence between the families lasted for13 years. Visit10 Hatfield-McCoy feud sites on this drive-it-yourself tour. If you happen to be in Pikesville during the annual Hatfield-McCoy Festival in June, bus tours are available to take you to the sites.

The cost of thetour is a $15 CD. Hours are at your convenience.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave
There are a multitude of activities awaiting you at the Mammoth Cave National Park. Take one of the many cave tours offered or go horseback riding. Hike along some of the70 miles of trails. Learn about the threatened or endangered species and the cave systems at the park. You can even take an introduction to caving lesson.

Admissions and hours vary.

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