Lexington, Kentucky, is set in the Bluegrass Downs and is famous for thoroughbred horses, horse racing, stock farms, and bluegrass music. Downtown there are antebellum houses and glass office blocks and on the outskirts there are more than 500 horse farms. The place was named for the 1775 Battle of Lexington, despite that being fought in what is now Massachusetts.
When to visit LexingtonThe average July temperatures are around 86ºF; the average January temperatures are around 39ºF. Many people travel to Lexington for the horse racing and for the Festival of Bluegrass in June.
How to get to LexingtonBlue Grass Airport (LEX) is situated four miles west of Lexington. Further afield is Louisville International Airport (SDF), about 80 miles away. You can also reach downtown Lexington by bus but many people decide to drive themselves and have the independence of their own vehicle. The main route is via the I-75 and there are clusters of hotels and motels around the exits.
Lexington attractionsOne of the top draws is the landscaped grounds of the Keeneland racetrack, popular in season for both turf and dirt racing. Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm as well as a museum and home to various breeds of horse, lies to the north. For a bit of history there is Ashland, the estate of politician Henry Clay. Out of town and to the south is the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary where you can hike on trails through forests and meadows.
Where to stay in LexingtonHotels.com offers the best deals on hotels including some of the major chains such as Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza. Most hotels are situated slightly further away from downtown, such as the popular Hilton Suites Lexington Green Hotel, a convenient drive for the sights, as is the Embassy Suites Hotel. The well-liked Hyatt Regency Hotel is convenient for the convention center and one of the rare hotels in downtown Lexington.