Tuesday, March 5, 2013
National Geographic names Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour a ‘Best Spring Trip’
With warmer weather on the way, National Geographic has kick-started the travel season by designating the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour as one of its top 10 “Best Spring Trips” for 2013.
“Tasting tours and tulips, fish fries and far-flung festivals … Just in time for spring, our editors have selected ten trips that will awaken your senses – and your sense of adventure,” the magazine touted in its online feature.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail journey is showcased along with excursions and festivals in New Zealand, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Argentina and more. Only three American trips made the top 10. Read the entire feature here.
“This is a tremendous honor for our distilleries,” said Adam Johnson, director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience. “This accolade from a respected source with an international reach will only bolster our tour’s growing popularity and attendance.”
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure will be recognized March 5 in the Kentucky Senate for attracting more than 500,000 visitors in 2012, the first time the tour has broken the half-million mark since its creation in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
Attendance is already up for early 2013, Johnson said. “And coverage like this will only help continue our record-breaking trend.”
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.
National Geographic’s coverage also spotlighted the recently launched Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, a groundbreaking new tourism attraction that links the state’s artisan micro-distilleries.
“We are very appreciative of National Geographic for this recognition of both our signature attractions, which helps spread the word on Kentucky’s growing ‘mash appeal,’” Johnson said.
“We welcome visitors near and far to experience our hospitality and American’s only native spirit.”