Kentucky Journals

Father & Son Trip to Kentucky

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A July 2007 trip to Kentucky by RoBoNC

Cumberland Gap  Photo, Middlesboro, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: This trip took us through the mountains of Kentucky to Lexington, horse capital of the world with a stop in Louisville.

Cumberland Gap

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Attraction | "Mountain Range straddling three states"

Cumberland Gap  Photo, Middlesboro, Kentucky
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The Appalachian Mountains is a major mountain chain extending over 1500 miles from Alabama to Maine and into Canada. In the southeastern portion of the Appalachians lies the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range straddling the tri-state area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. In 1750, a physician, Dr. Thomas Walker, discovered the Cumberland Gap, a passageway through the lower central Appalachians. It was used extensively by Native Americans and then Daniel Boone widened the trail which allowed pioneers to settle into Tennessee and Kentucky. The Cumberland Gap National Historic Park preserves the natural beauty and history of this area and tells the story of the pioneers who founde...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2009

Cumberland Gap
US 25E South
Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965
(606)248-2817

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour

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Attraction | "A Must for the Auto Enthusiast"

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour Photo, Georgetown, Kentucky
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Kentucky is well known for its horses from the world famous Kentucky Derby to the Lexington Horse Park. The state is instrumental in producing horsepower, but not the type you may be thinking about. Toyota has built one of the biggest automobile plants in North America located in Georgetown, a few miles from Lexington. The plant which is known as Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky (TMMK) produces the Camry, Avalon, and Solara. While it is the area’s largest employer, it is also the area’s biggest contributor, pumping millions of dollars back into the community to improve schools, infrastructure, and other noteworthy civic projects. The plant encourages visitors to take a tour and see firsthand the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2009

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant Tour
1001 Cherry Blossom Way
Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
(800) 866-4485

Father & Son Trip to Kentucky

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Overview

Fort Knox Photo, Fort Knox, Kentucky
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Kentucky, commonly known as the Horse Capital of the World, was our final destination on this year’s road trip. We drove from North Carolina making it to Kentucky in less than five hours. Our first stop was at Cumberland Gap National Park which straddles three different states, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. A drive up to Pinnacle Overlook gives a nice 360 degree panoramic view of the tri-state area. We made a stop in Corbin and ate lunch at the original KFC where Colonel Sanders perfected his famous chicken recipe. Our final destination for the first day was Louisville, however getting there turned out to be harder than we thought. After getting lost several times and finally making it through th...Read More

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Restaurant | "The Original Kentucky Fried Chicken"

First Kentucky Fried Chicken Photo, Corbin, Kentucky
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As we crossed into Kentucky, we went in search for the original Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin. Corbin is about an hour and a half south from Lexington. Colonel Harlan Sanders began serving chicken in 1930 at a gas station that he owned. In the back of the gas station was a dining room that originally consisted of one table which seated six and eventually grew to seat 142. In 1937 when the restaurant caught on fire, he rebuilt it to include a motel, and called it "Sanders Court and Café." In 1940, Colonel Sanders perfected his Original Recipe of eleven herbs and spices, which he claimed really wasn’t a secret because it could be found in anyone’s kitchen. Because of his successful operation, the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2007

Kentucky Fried Chicken
688 Highway 25 West
Corbin, Kentucky
(606) 528-2163

Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby Museum

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Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby Museum Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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While Kentucky is famous for its thoroughbred racing horses, Louisville is famous for the place to allow them to race. That place is Churchill Downs located on Central Avenue in the southern part of the city with its Twin Spires rising upward to the sky. Horse racing has been a fixture in the city ever since 1875 when the first Kentucky Derby was raced here. The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May. It is one of the three major horse races, whereby if the horse wins all three, they receive the prestigious award of the Triple Crown. Acquiring tickets to the Kentucky Derby is by far one of the hardest in all of sporting events. The race known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" requ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2007

Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 637-1111

Kentucky Horse Park

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Kentucky Horse Park Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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The Kentucky Horse Park, located in Lexington, is dedicated to "maKen’s relationship with the horse." It is a 1200 acre park that contains exhibits, museums, and plenty of stables to interact with the horses. Once you have bought your ticket, there are a number of things to explore. Museums that are located on the grounds include the International Museum of the Horse and the American Saddlebred Museum, The International Museum of the Horse chronicles the horse’s history in relation to man. On display are 19th century horse-drawn carriages and racing vehicles. Also within the museum is an exhibit that is dedicated to Lexington’s most famous farm, Calumet Farm, with 560 gold, silver, and crystal trophie...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2007

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
(859) 255-5727