Reed Travel Features
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Need some new reasons to visit Kentucky?
How about 13 new reasons.
That's how many new major attractions the state of Kentucky said
it has in store for visitors this year.
The following is a sampling of what's new:
* Drivers in Kentucky can explore a total of 19 Scenic Byways
routes that combine the pleasures of open-road driving with
attractions of historical significance.
Five routes were recently added, including Hughes Lane in
Fayette County from Russell Cave Road to Paris Pike, and KY-89 in
Rockcastle and Jackson counties, which parallels the Rockcastle
River and is adjacent to the Sheltowee National Recreation
For information, call (800) 225-8747.
* In Bardstown, the Old Bardstown Village has a new Civil War
Museum with unique and extensive collections.
The museum focuses on the "War of the West," along with the
armies of the North and South.
For more information, call (502) 349-0291.
* Are you looking for a new place for beer, gear, eats and
treats? Then check out the new BrewWorks at the Party Source in
This "superstore" combines an entertainment complex, a working
microbrewery, a restaurant, an experimental brewery, a gift shop, a
cigar room, a coffee house, an acoustic stage and a private meeting
space under one roof.
For more information, call (606) 581-2739.
* For country music fans, the state has designated a stretch of
Highway 23 in eastern Kentucky "Country Music Highway," touting
native-born stars such as the Judds, Billy Ray Cyrus and Patty
For information, call (800) 377-6249.
* The Louisville Zoo opened an exhibit featuring a replicated
Indonesian Village with native animals.
For information, call (502) 459-2181.
* A number of Kentucky's state parks have been spruced up,
including General Butler State Resort Park, Rough River and Greenbo
In addition, a park lodge, Dale Hollow, is scheduled to open in
For information, call (800) 255-PARK.
* In Prestonsburg, the new Mountain Arts Center, located near
the intersection of Highway 23 and KY-114, is home to the Kentucky
Opry, a variety group that combines music and comedy in its
The 1,000-seat center showcases amateur and professional
For information, call (800) 844-4704.