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Kentucky Department of Tourism launches ‘Stay Close. Go Far.’ campaign to promote in-state travel

The Kentucky Department of Tourism (KDT) has launched its “Stay Close. Go Far.” campaign. The marketing initiative is aimed at supporting local tourism partners, communities and businesses by producing inspiring content that reminds Kentuckians they do not have to travel far to experience all the beauty, history and adventures the state has to offer. “As we continue to remain diligent...

Travel the state (indepth and fascinating) while social distancing with these Explore Kentucky videos

The Kentucky Department of Tourism is excited to announce the release of a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State. “During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry....

Preservation Kentucky announces new Tour120 program, starting May 18-19 across the state

Kentucky has more National Register historic sites than 46 other states. And, all 120 Kentucky counties have at least one historic site. To raise awareness of historic preservation and its connection to tourism, Preservation Kentucky has launched Tour120, a statewide heritage tourism program. The program launches on Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 2019 during National Historic Preservation Month, with tours...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

Kentucky Department of Tourism first in nation to launch state cooperative Google program

The Kentucky Department of Tourism, the official agency responsible for promoting the Commonwealth as a travel destination, has launched the first state-wide cooperative program aimed at improving the quality and visibility of all Kentucky destinations within Google’s search and travel planning products. “We are extremely excited to make Kentucky the first to offer a state-wide cooperative program...

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, nine regional signature meals make state a destination foodies

Kentucky is a hidden gem of Southern fare, featuring one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. With the newly announced Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative, nine regional signature meals, culinary trails and hosting of the upcoming season of Top Chef, Kentucky continues to grow as a must-visit destination for all food lovers. The...

Ky’s Tourism Industry grows to more than $15 billion in 2017; each of state’s nine regions show gains

The economic impact of Kentucky’s tourism industry has grown to more than $15 billion in 2017, Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum announced today. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2017. “The tourism industry is a driving force for Kentucky’s economy and the 2017 economic impact numbers reinforce this,” Commissioner Kristen Branscum said....

My Old Kentucky Home marks 200th anniversary of Federal Hill with culinary tours, collection additions

My Old Kentucky Home State Park is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the construction of Federal Hill mansion with new tours and new displays at the popular Bardstown historic site. Federal Hill was built by the Rowan family in 1818 and became popular because of its connection to Stephen Foster’s famous song “My Old Kentucky Home, Good-Night!” Visitors can tour the home and learn about the...

Department of Tourism releases 2018 Official Visitor’s Guide highlighting Kentucky’s major attractions

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2018 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features unique Kentucky activities, attractions, lodging, shopping, entertainment, recreation and authentic dining options to inspire visitors to take a road trip across the Bluegrass State. “We are very excited that visitors will be able to utilize our 2018 Visitor’s Guide...

Kentucky chef’s Ouita Michel, Sara Bradley to bring taste of Kentucky to NYC’s James Beard House

Kentucky bursts into the culinary world as two Kentucky chefs, Ouita Michel and Sara Bradley, will bring Kentucky-rich cuisine to the distinguished James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, February 27. For years, Kentucky has been a hidden gem of Southern fare – but now its evolving cuisine takes the national stage and proves why the culinary scene is Better in the Bluegrass. Ouita Michel “Kentucky...

Discover Kentucky’s beautiful fall foliage through Tourism, Parks Departments ColorFall program

The Kentucky Department of Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks is launching the 32nd year of the state’s ColorFall program. The ColorFall website highlights peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events across Kentucky. Kentuckians and visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag, #kycolorfall to upload any fall photographs of the gorgeous scenery that can be found while traveling...

Bourbon Country Burn: New cycling event highlights Kentucky’s Bourbon distilleries from a bike

A brand new cycling event, Bourbon Country Burn, brings together some of central Kentucky’s most iconic tourism destinations. The event is a three-day fully supported cycling event headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017. Daily distance options range from 20 miles to 100 miles, and will stop at six different bourbon distilleries throughout the event. Riders will also...

Ten Kentucky State Park courses offering ‘Get Golf Ready’ Day, free lessons, on May 13

Ten Kentucky State Park golf courses will be participating in the free “Get Golf Ready” day on May 13. Participating courses will offer guests a free 10-minute golf lesson, hold a putting clinic and provide tours of the facility. The idea is to introduce the game of golf to people who may have never played before. Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park golf course The following state parks with 18-hole...

Kentucky Tourism Department launches special website highlighting state’s 225th anniversary

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the launch of www.ky225.com, a website dedicated to the celebration of Kentucky’s 225 years of statehood in 2017. The website includes an interactive map of bucket list ideas to experience across the state, as well as list of events and information on Kentucky’s statehood. Examples include visiting the oldest country store in America, sampling BBQ,...

Kentucky Visitor’s Guide for 2017 features state map with path of Great American Solar Eclipse

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2017 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features a state map with the path of the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse highlighted. The 146-page guide has comprehensive information about attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment and recreation options in nine regions for visitors to the Bluegrass State. “The...

State Parks to offer discounts for current military, retirees, veterans beginning Nov. 1

The Kentucky State Parks will offer lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. “The park system is proud to offer this discount to...

Kentucky State Parks have boo-tiful plans to celebrate Halloween throughout October

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October. Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special events during October. A full list of events is available at: http://parks.ky.gov/halloween/. Parents...

Bevin, tourism officials launch $18 million campaign to update, freshen state parks

Joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson and Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland, Gov. Matt Bevin announced plans for an additional $18 million in funding for the Kentucky State Parks at a press conference held at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. “We have a stunning array of state parks here in Kentucky, but they have become a bit tired,” said Gov. Bevin. “We need to make...

Kentucky State Parks participating in National Trails Day, Free Fishing Weekend June 4-5

Kentucky State Parks will participate in National Trails Day on June 4 and free fishing weekend June 4-5, with events across the state to recognize the excellent hiking and fishing opportunities at state parks. The American Hiking Society launched National Trails Day in 1993 to help promote exercise, trail development and the outdoors. It has grown to more than 2,300 events around the country. Kentucky...

Fire at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park forces lodge to close temporarily, no injuries reported

Late Tuesday night a fire erupted at the lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. There were no injuries reported. Fire department officials say the blaze at Jenny Willey was a result of an electrical panel, and it has rendered the lodge temporarily closed as repairs are being made. The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County will be closed for a few days following a fire (Photo Provided) The...