Chase Down the Finest Bourbons
Kentucky has made its name on two things: horse racing and bourbon. The race happens once a year, but bourbon, perhaps the most American spirit, is there for you everyday. And Louisville is kind enough to provide two ways to explore the amber liquid. You can stay in town for the urban tour, where there’s Whiskey Row to help you out. It’s more of a bar crawl than a distillery tour, but highlights include the Bar at Blu, with sixty-plus bourbons, the gangster-era Seelbach Hotel, and the value-based Dish on Market.
Next day, take yourself to the countryside to experience the big distilleries, such as Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill (makers of Elijah Craig and Evan Williams), Buffalo Trace, and Bulliet. You can drive, get driven, or ride a bike — the Kentucky Bourbon Trail even provides cue sheets.
If you need a healthy diversion, the Louisville Mega Cavern features 17 miles of underground mountain bike trails. Originally a limestone mine, the 100-acre cavern also offers a completely underground zip line and aerial park.Back to top