Known as the "Horse Capital of the World" as well as "Thoroughbred City" because it is home to 3 major racecourses - Keeneland, Kentucky Horse Park and the Red Mile - Lexington sits in Fayette County and is the 2nd largest city in Kentucky. You will also find the world's largest basketball arena and universities such as Transylvania University, University of Kentucky and the Blue grass Community & Technical College. Founded in 1775, it was established in 1782 and was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd. Numerous annual festivals happen in Lexington such as the Festival of the Bluegrass, the Lexington Pride Festival and the 4th July celebrations last for several days instead of just one.
You should check out the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill that is a National Historic Landmark. The McConnell Springs is where you can get adventurous amidst natural springs, lush vegetation, ancient stonewalls and foundations and there are hiking trails to trek along. If you want to see where Mary Todd grew up, then head to the Mary Todd Lincoln House that was restored in the 1970s and is now open to the public for viewing. If you like the horse races, then head to the historic Keeneland Race Course with its limestone buildings and old trees, a National Historic Landmark, today it is where people from around the world come to lay a bet on their favorite nag. Staying with the four legged racing horses, you can see them being trained at the Thoroughbred Center. If you wish to smell more than horse manure, you should head to the famous Arboretum of over 50 native grasses and herbs plus 1500 different species of roses to put your nose to. The Waveland State Historic Site was constructed by Daniel Boone's descendants and presents a fascinating look at early life in Kentucky.
For the arty person there is the University of Kentucky Art Museum to meander around and for the caffeine addict there are plenty of cute cafes to sit in sipping your espresso.
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