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 Lexington Walk and Bluegrass Country Driving Tour
This large-format annotated paper map is one of our most frequently requested publications, and it's free. Call (800) 845-3959 and we'll mail you one. In Lexington? Stop by the Visitors Center and pick one up. Many hotels keep this map on hand for guests.
The Bluegrass Country Driving Tour is divided into three parts. Take a morning or an afternoon and do the whole thing, or just 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.
On the reverse side is a walking tour, The Lexington Walk, with 33 points of interest in historic downtown Lexington. It's 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.