Immerse yourself in Kentucky culture

Immerse yourself in Kentucky culture

Kentucky. It's not a state that many tourists flock to on a regular basis, but there are certain things about this area of the country that are simply unique. This is the home of fine whiskey, bourbon and thoroughbred race horses. Bluegrass music and the actual bluegrass that goes along with it. Many years ago, Daniel Boone explored the interior of this state – and now you can as well in an RV.

Readers Digest recommends the route between Bluegrass and Pennyroyal, naming it one of their Most Scenic Drives in America. It's true – this area of the country is extremely beautiful – but beyond simply observing nature, this part of Kentucky is all about immersing yourself in the culture, and exploring the history of the area.

Start your journey in Lexington, where you'll have a chance to learn more about Kentucky's past. Ashland, an old mansion that was once inhabited by Henry Clay, is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in history. And if you love horses, you've come to the right place. Just outside the city is Keeneland Race Course, along with the Kentucky Horse Park, which has over 1,200 acres for these noble steeds.

Not far from here is another chance to delve into history at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This community thrived in the 19th century, with more than 500 Shakers calling it their home. Although the Shakers have since passed on, those who visit this area can get a chance to see how they live, as the museum here preserves much of their way of life.

Finally, no trip to this part of the country is complete without a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park. The findings in this cave system date all the way back to ancient times, but it was largely abandoned for centuries. According to legend, a hunter stumbled onto its entrance, and visitors have been pouring in ever since to see the amazing crystal formations. The National Park Service runs tours here for travelers of all ability – from a short jaunt to a five-mile trek that will see you crawling on your belly to get through tough crevices. Explorers have charted 350 miles of this complex underground, but there are still areas waiting to be discovered.