Breathtaking rolling hills and fence-lined pastures.

Lexington, Kentucky

International Visitors

Welcome to Lexington, Kentucky, USA


“If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” –Author Jesse Stuart

America is an expansive and diverse country. And no place embodies its natural beauty, warm hospitality and sense of adventure better than Lexington, Kentucky. Read on for a look at what makes Lexington so special, as well as practical advice for travelers visiting from outside the US.

2022 BREEDERS’ CUP


Breeders' Cup

The World Championships of Thoroughbred racing return to Lexington in November 2022. Experience days of exciting events both on and off the track, glamorous fashion, celebrity sightings and food curated by world-renowned chefs as the city transforms to welcome guests from around the world.

International travelers interested in purchasing tickets for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup should contact Stephanie Booth for assistance.

QUICK FACTS


Time Zone
November - March: Eastern Standard Time
March - November: Easern Daylight Time

Average Minimum & Maximum Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Spring: 34, 74
Summer: 61, 86
Fall: 36, 79
Winter: 23, 54

Liquor Laws
The minimum drinking age is 21. Alcoholic beverages may be sold in licensed bars and restaurants from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. Sunday to 2:30 a.m. Monday. Package stores may open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

Smoking is not allowed inside public buildings, including restaurants.

LEXINGTON’S ‘SISTER CITIES’


The Sister Cities Program is a global network of communities dedicated to peace and prosperity. By forging bonds between people around the world, Sister Cities foster mutually beneficial relationships built on open-minded understanding and an appreciation for cultural differences. 

Lexington is united with these four Sister Cities by our love and respect for the horse:  
 
Deauville, France – 1957
County Kildare, Ireland – 1984
Shinhidaka, Japan – 1988
Newmarket, England – 2003

TRAVEL INFORMATION


Lexington is within driving distance of many major US cities. It’s also easily accessible by air with non-stop flights from Blue Grass Airport (LEX) to 17 destinations and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), only an hour’s drive from Lexington, offers numerous domestic non-stop flights and two international flights, as well—one to Toronto and another to Paris.

Get the most up-to-date guidance for international travelers here.

Driving Distances Map

City
Distance
Louisville, KY
77 miles
Cincinnati, OH
82 miles
Knoxville, TN
172 miles
Charleston, WV
176 miles
Indianapolis, IN
189 miles
Columbus, OH
189 miles
Nashville, TN
214 miles
Cleveland, OH
331 miles
St. Louis, MO
337 miles
Detroit, MI
345 miles
Pittsburgh, PA
372 miles
City
Distance
Chicago, IL
373 miles
Atlanta, GA
382 miles
Charlotte, NC
401 miles
Birmingham, AL
404 miles
Memphis, TN
422 miles
Milwaukee, WI
469 miles
Washington, DC
512 miles
Buffalo, NY
515 miles
Baltimore, MD
538 miles
Charleston, SC
542 miles
Norfolk, VA
583 miles
Direct Flights Map

  • Destin
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Houston
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Orlando (Sanford)
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Tampa Bay
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Dallas
  • Miami
  • Philadelphia
  • Atlanta
  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • Washington DC
  • Chicago (ORD)

Destination Management Company

Destination Bluegrass serves Lexington as a full service destination management company.

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6 Days Across Kentucky Itinerary

Suggested activities and other tips to put you on the right path in Kentucky.

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Lexington is Known For...

Horses

Baby horse looking through fence at Gainsway Farm

Bourbon

Line of bourbon barrels on a track

Outdoors

Outdoor-Hero

Arts & Music

A large mural of Abe Lincoln sitting painted in brightly colored patterns primarily with red, blue, and white.

Shopping

Shopping - Calypso Boutique

Hotels

Street view of the 21c Museum Hotel

Contact Us


Need more information or help planning your trip? Here’s how you can reach us.

Mary Quinn Ramer President