Kentucky-More Than Fried Chicken

As most of you know or have figured out by reading my about me page, I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky. When I travel, and someone asks, “Where are you from?” I immediately say, “Kentucky” to which their immediate response is “KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN!” (Cue hard eye roll) Yes, we are known for chicken, but Kentucky is more than a bucket of chicken thighs slathered in lard and dropped into a deep fryer. No offense to KFC or the Colonel, but we are a state that offers so much more. Plus, have people not heard of bourbon or the Kentucky Derby? Booze and gambling. How are these not popular? What I’ve come to learn from my extensive travels is that people, including people from the U.S., don’t know much about Kentucky and I want that to change.

When I moved back home one of the things that I quickly realized is that I (like many others) have traveled to tons of other states in the U.S. and I’ve even traveled to other countries more than I’ve traveled around Kentucky. I know that the idea of seeing different places more than your own state sounds absurd, but it’s true. I’m guilty of thinking that nothing is exciting or fun to do in Kentucky because a) I’m from here and b) you don’t hear people talk about exciting places to check out. Once I realized that I don’t know many areas in my state besides Louisville (my hometown, GO CARDS!), the immediate surrounding counties, Frankfort (the capital) and Lexington (horse country). Then it dawned on me that there is so much that I’ve never seen.

Therefore, I have decided to dedicate a section of my blog to my home state. I want to show the world the adventures that anyone can experience here. Sometimes we dream so much about foreign lands and unique cultures that we forget to explore our own backyard, so that is my plan. I plan to travel to a new place around Kentucky as frequently as possible. I will post information on how to get there, what it’s like, how much the trip cost and my recommendations on if it’s worth the trip or not. A lot of the places that I go to will probably involve nature because Kentucky is a great state for outdoor exploring such as hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Besides nature, I’ll include posts about things to do in Louisville as well, because who better to tell you about the hot spots than a local. Louisville is also one of the top food cities in the U.S. right now, so any excuse to try a new restaurant is good enough for me. 😉

There are a lot of things that this state has to be proud of, and if more people knew about what they can experience while they are here, then we would probably be a tourism hotspot like Colorado. Hey, a girl can dream! In all seriousness, I hope to do this state justice and show others like me that there isn’t a need to forget about your own state when deciding where to travel. I hope that this section helps show not only locals but other people around the world that Kentucky has more to offer than a bucket of (awful) fried chicken. (No offense KFC, but locals do not like your fried chicken. It’s a fact.)