Eastern Kentucky is a genteel place with rolling hills and thoroughbreds fetching big money for breeding. Another draw along a 70-mile stretch anchored by Lexington and Louisville is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® created by the Kentucky Distillers' Association® (KDA). With almost five million barrels of aging bourbon in the warehouses last year, no wonder Kentucky is "The Bourbon Capital of the World."
Visitors are welcome at KDA's seven distilleries that offer guided tours. They include Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Craft bourbon makers were recently included. Some distillery tours are free; others charge a nominal amount. All last about one hour. Measured and free tastings are a given. Gift shops on site sell alcohol, candies, bourbon products and memorabilia.
In addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, towns along the way offer popular attractions and sell first-rate crafts.