You already know about the bourbon, but Kentucky is a great, out-of-the-way destination for hikers as well. The Sheltowee Trace is the state’s marquee long-distance trail, stretching across nearly 300 miles of eastern Kentucky, where it passes by caves, lakes, and waterfalls. Another long-distance route, the 120-mile Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, is under construction on the western rim of the Appalachians; when complete, it will be part of the 2000-mile Great Eastern Trail from Alabama to New York.
As for that bourbon, the big-name distilleries are scattered between Louisville and Lexington, a short drive away. Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Woodford Reserve are among the brands that offer daily tours of their facilities.