Kentucky Offers Several New Reasons to Visit Bluerass State

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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 Trail.

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 Covington.

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 Loveless.

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 Lake.

In addition, a park lodge, Dale Hollow, is scheduled to open in May.

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 performances.

The 1,000-seat center showcases amateur and professional musicians.

For information, call (800) 844-4704.

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