Take the Scenic Route
There's no better way to discover the legendary landscape of the Bluegrass than by driving or cycling the country roads around the Horse Capital of the World. Lush pastures, mile after mile of plank and stone fencing, horses grazing, magnificent homes and barns—they're all waiting for you just a few minutes outside of Lexington.
The Historic Downtown Lexington Walking Tour and Bluegrass Country Driving Tour
The Bluegrass Country Driving Tour is divided into two parts. Regal Traditions begins downtown, goes west toward Keeneland and brings you back to town via Old Frankfort Pike, one of Kentucky's Scenic Byways. Parks & Paddocks begins downtown going west and then north toward the Kentucky Horse Park. If you have a half a day - begin with Regal Traditions and pick up Parks & Paddocks to see both routes or pick the circuit that interests you the most. There's easy access back to town after each circuit. You'll learn about the history and geography of the area and—of course—about our world-renowned horse industry.
The Historic Lexington Walk, with 33 points of interest in historic downtown Lexington, is best enjoyed on foot, but can also be driven. There are plenty of places to stop and rest (or grab a snack or a drink) along the route. You'll see firsthand the charming mix of old and new buildings that make up our downtown.
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Audio Tours from our Public Library
The Lexington Public Library produces several audio walking tours with a variety of topics focused on downtown Lexington. Music plays in between each stop, and you can pause the track while walking between stops. Available on their website.
Guided City Walking Tours
Love to walk? A variety of tour companies offer guided tours of downtown Lexington on foot.
Prefer to tour on two wheels? Check out our guides to Biking and Cycling Thru the Centuries to learn more about cycling in the Bluegrass.