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Answered: Your must-dos for visitors in Lexington, KY

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A horse standing in a field during sunset

It comes as no surprise that our beautiful Bluegrass and horses are a must-see. | Photo by @syd.uncharted

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Lexington was recently listed on the Reader’s Digest list of “The 14 Most Underrated U.S. Travel Destinations to Visit Now.” We asked you, our readers, to help us build an itinerary for out-of-town guests. Here’s what y’all had to say:

☕ Morning

Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Rd. | Both Paula J. and Cindy K. agree that a morning stop at the historic racetrack should be on every visitor’s to-do list.

  • “Morning Workouts at Keeneland. Every day of the year from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Great for all visitors, both young and old, and it is free. Then breakfast at The Track Kitchen.” — Paula J.

Bonus: Learn what the regulars eat at The Track Kitchen.

A road surrounded by orange, yellow, green trees.

Take the scenic route with a Driving Tour courtesy of VisitLex. | Photo by @greggraysonphotography

☀️ Daytime

The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Dr.

  • Reader Debbi N. recommends basking in the beauty of the native and horticultural plant collections on this 100-acre public garden.

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd.

  • “Not only for the history but for the beauty of the grounds.” — Cindy K

Pro tip: Stop by in May to see the pretty pink peonies in bloom.

Mary Todd Lincoln House, 578 W. Main St.

  • “Good for all ages to learn about our famous Mary Todd Lincoln and her family as well as her place in American History.” — Paula J.

The Lexington Walk and Bluegrass Country Driving Tours. , 215 W. Main St.

  • “The Visitor Center has beautiful maps of all three walk/drive tours available. Great ways to learn about Lexington history and see our beautiful Bluegrass countryside.” — Paula J.

Castle & Key Distillery, 4445 McCracken Pike

  • “You can go walk around on your own, get cocktails, and shop their store.” — Lexy W.

🌃 Evening

Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St.

  • “See the historic architecture of the building, a local treasure, then eat downtown at one of the many great restaurants.” — Cindy K.

Proud Mary’s, 9079 Old Richmond Rd.

  • Debbi N. recommends a stop for dinner and live music at this BBQ joint along the Kentucky River.
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