Lexington is a city in Kentucky. It’s known for horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks like Keeneland. The Kentucky Horse Park features the International Museum of the Horse, the Hall of Champions and many equine breeds. It’s also a part of the bourbon trail which is the reason we went. You will find most of the well known bourbon brands between Lexington and Louisville, but our favorite was Buffalo Trace. Not only because its our favorite brand of bourbon, but the history there is phenomenal. It’s located in Frankfort, and is over 200 years old. Buffalo Trace Distillery proudly holds the title of oldest continually operating distillery in America, remaining operational even during Prohibition - for "medicinal" purposes. When we went to Louisville for more bourbon tours and tastings, we visited Churchill Downs. While it wasn’t the Derby, we did get to experience some horse races and paid someone a few bucks to give us a tour. At the end of the tour we stopped in for a Mint Julep at the upstairs private lounge.
It’s an easy and beautiful drive from Charlotte going through the North Carolina mountains and into Tennessee. Once you cross into the Tennessee border, the sprawling horse farms are every where. We stayed at the Hilton downtown, and walked to the cutest restaurants and bars in the evening, sampling craft cocktails made from the local bourbons. The architecture is charming, including Victorian, Federal, Art Deco, Beaux Arts, and Richardsonian Romanesque.
This is definitely I trip I would take again!