Travelling Kentucky: Must-See Destinations in the Bluegrass State

Kentucky is one of those classic American states that most people have heard of. Dubbed the “Bluegrass State” because of the bluegrass found all across the state, it’s one of the most interesting places to visit in America thanks to its iconic destinations and myriad of locations to visit. To help you plan a visit to Kentucky, we’ve listed some of the must-see destinations that you absolutely do not want to miss.

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Louisville

Louisville is home to the legendary Kentucky Derby, an annual horse racing event. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, and you’ll be surprised at the fantastic American cuisine that you can find all over Louisville. Another popular location in Louisville is the Louisville Mega Cavern, an underground adventure tour with zip lines and challenge bridges, making it perfect for adrenaline seekers.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is where you’ll find the National Corvette Museum. For anyone that loves their vehicles, this is a fantastic specialty museum to visit. Even if you’re not a vehicle enthusiast, there’s still plenty of information to learn and the overall experiences is close to perfect. There’s also the Lost River Cave, Kentucky’s only underwater boat tour that offers nature trails and butterfly habitat viewing.

Florence

One of the top attractions in Florence is the Sherlock Escape Room game. It’s a fun and exciting challenge that is suitable for all ages. You’ll get to crack codes and solve puzzles in a number of different scenarios. If you’re looking for something related to the history of Florence, then consider the bustling Antique Mall. It’s a great place to snag some bargains if you’re interested in antiques, but even if you’re not, it’s a great way to browse to experience some history first-hand.

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Somerset

One of the most interesting attractions in Somerset is the Cedar Creek Vineyards. You’ll be able to sample a fantastic selection of wines and indulge in tasting sessions. In addition, there’s also the SomerSplash water park that will prove to be a fantastic hit with the kids. Make sure you book in at a Comfort Inn of Somerset Kentucky for great savings and convenient access to every other attraction. Somerset isn’t as popular as other locations but has fantastic sources of entertainment.

Lexington

Lexington has some of Kentucky’s best American cuisine. You won’t be going hungry with these generous portions at low prices, and there’s plenty of choice on offer if you consider yourself a picky eater. There is also Keeneland, a famous horse track that is frequented by the locals. Lexington is also home to Kentucky State Park, a fantastic location that can educate you on working on a horse farm.

The Bluegrass State is filled with things to do assuming you’re willing to do a little exploring. These are just some of the must-see destinations in Kentucky, but rest assured, there’s a whole world of adventure to explore once you come to Kentucky. There’s something for everyone here, so down to the Bluegrass State explore this unique state.

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How traveling helps us for higher studies with quality luggage

Traveling is an amazing learning opportunity I feel that everyone should have a chance to experience. Traveling can serve as a great learning tool and give us something that textbooks cannot but travel does require a few necessities such luggage. Travel provides real life and raw exposure to culture, language, traditions, religion and many other quality aspects of history and life. When we travel, we receive the opportunity to endure the world of knowledge for ourselves.

We are enabled to see the customs of others livelihoods as well as the chance to understand them. People are given a completely new level of inspiration and given the knowledge that no words could fully capture and express when gone. Through travel, the human mind is given a chance to develop, learn, and comprehend on it’s own and come up with true thoughts of what the world has to offer alongside all of the things to be taught in it. There are things that individuals must experience on their own in this world that could only be understood in person rather than read off of a piece of paper. We are given the advantage of using our senses, such as touch, smell, and hearing. Traveling is better than reading straight from a book because unlike a book, traveling allows us to see more than just one point of view whereas a book only has one; the authors. We can broaden our minds by receiving information from primary sources rather than having to rely and place our trust on secondary sources.

In addition, we are also given the possibility/chance to meet new people and make connections with them. However, traveling, especially by plane, could not be successful without the proper luggage. Luggage is needed for higher education, because without it, not all the things I mentioned previously that could be beneficial due to travel could happen. Travelers use Rolling Hardside Luggageto carry their clothes, hygiene products, as well as possible, journals and planners used for learning experiences as well as other utensils, and space left in luggage for souvenirs. Luggage is like our ticket to success and salvation for education. We as a nation could not be where we are today if it was not for making discoveries, which corresponded from travel. Everywhere humankind went, we gathered information and carried items and facts from one place to another to spread newly acquired knowledge. Knowledge is power, which is created from travel, and from travel, is the key; luggage. It seems that luggage can be quite underrated when it comes to the thought of education because we see it as containing or values and assets rather than where they can get us. Clothes, jewelry, shoes, along with things like spare money, books, and cameras are usually what most people have in their luggage;most of these items are wants rather than needs but are still an important part of the traveling experience. I know this because I myself am an adventurer who has traveled near and far places with many kinds of accessories and luggage suited for each of my trips.

Moreover, luggage gives us the advantage to go on remarkable adventures and meet new people along the way, there is even a possibility that they could one day help with a future job, write recommendation letters, be a study buddy, a friend with advice and many more things and so on once you get to know them. For example, a time that traveling has helped me for school is when I went to Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is one of the most historical event that occurred in Oahu, Hawaii and is one of my most memorable memories. Important facts about certain things could easily be remembered just by simply connecting to a place and being able to connect a picture to such events. Like when people see famous monuments such as the statue of liberty, we think of our rights, freedom, “we the people,” New York and many other connections that can be tied to a simple symbolic monument. So by traveling places while we learn, it can help us maintain or contain our memories, remembering what we’ve learned as well as excel in our education.

Don’t Visit Florida Without Doing These

If you are thinking of going traveling to Florida, you will probably already have some keen ideas in mind as to what to do. But the truth is that there are probably one or two things which you have not even considered, and yet which you could find yourself enjoy hugely if you do visit this state. Florida has so much to offer that it is hard to know where to begin, but there many sides to traveling there which are little-known wonders, and it is these which are worth looking into. Let’s have a look at some of these now, to get you inspired for your own trip.

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Rent A Boat

One great way to get around Florida, as with many similar destinations, is to rent a boat. There are many reasons you might want to do this, not least that it is a quick and easy way to add some instant style, luxury and comfort to your trip. Boat rental is one of those simple things that can add so much glamor to a holiday that you can hardly believe it. You probably won’t appreciate it until you try it yourself, so just give it a go when you are due to be traveling to Florida. You will be amazed at how much this simple act can add to your overall journey, and you won’t have to spend a great deal of money to do it either.

Cast A Spell

This next one is great for family traveling with kids, or even for any adults who enjoy a little sprinkle of magic in their holidays. Florida is home to the great Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a sprawling amusement park in the design of the famous Hogwarts castle. As you can imagine, this is something like a more modern Disney World, and yet much more enjoyable for people of all ages. If you are in Florida as a family and stuck for ideas as to what to do, you could do much worse than to go to the set of Hogwarts. The attraction routinely receives five-star reviews, and it is not too pricey to enter, so it’s well worth a look if you’re in the area.

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Hit & Swing

Are you a big golf fan? As it happens, Florida is one of the very top destinations not just in the US, but in the world, for ardent golfers. With some two hundred plus golf courses to choose between, there is hardly any surprise in that, so if you are a keen golfer you might not want to leave Florida before having a swing at one of those courses. If you have always wanted to play golf in one of the most beautiful settings on earth, then you need look no further than Florida itself – and it could be the ideal way to wrap up your holiday too.

These suggestions are a great way to get started in Florida, but bear in mind that there is much more besides. Take a look around and see what hidden gems you can discover too.

Get Off The Plane: Other Ways To Explore America

America is a huge country – Texas alone is the size of most of Europe – and there is too much to see in a single trip. Unfortunately, most people restrict their exploration of this vast country because, although traveling by plane covers a lot of distance, it can get expensive flying from one state to another. Fortunately, there are ways to travel that are easier on your budget, and let you see more of the country. Get off the planes and try these different methods of travel.

By Train

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Few people know that you can travel around the whole country by rail with a train pass from Amtrak.com. Amtrak offers USA Rail Passes for 15-day, 30-day or 45-day trips. If you’re savvy about using public transport in each stop on your tour, they’re an affordable way to see the country. The most scenic route is the California Zephyr from Chicago to San Francisco, which is one of world’s greatest train journeys. In around 48 hours you will cross the farmlands of Nebraska, scale the Rockies beyond Denver while you eat egg & bacon for breakfast in the diner, snake through rocky river valleys in Colorado and pass through the Sierra Nevada mountains to reach Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area.

By Boat

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You might not believe it, but there are some fantastic things to see along the coastline of the country. You can plan your perfect trip around the coast by buying a boat with help from boatfinancing.co, or you could get some friends together and split the cost of hiring a chartered boat for the duration of your travels. If you’re charting the course, you have full control over where you go, and how long you stay there. Alternatively, there are some amazing cruises that let you see more of the country; cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, or the Caribbean are popular, but you can also dock in New York or New Orleans. Not to mention the cruise itself has a lot on entertainment and activities on board, so you never feel bored while you’re traveling.

By Road

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The American road trip has been a popular genre in literature, and it features many coming of age stories, Unfortunately, some of the best routes have been forgotten in favor of the interstate or flying. It’s time to bring back this mode of travel and explore parts of the country you might never have seen before. When you’re planning your road trip, you can schedule as many pit stops as you want, change your route whenever you’re bored, and stay in a single place for as long as you like. The beauty of a road trip is that you can dance to the beat of your own drum. Just make sure you stay safe on the road.

If you don’t feel like driving, you can also take the bus. Book the Great American Crossing tour, and you’ll experience New York, Detroit, Mount Rushmore, and many more cities over the course of 21 days.

Chinchero, Maras Salineras, and Moray in Peru

CHINCHERO, MARAS SALINERAS, and MORAY: This was our first day-trip in Peru after spending a night in Lima and landing in Cusco the following morning. These small villages are not so touristy but has magnificent Incan sites. While the highlight of Chinchero is its colorful outdoor market, Maras Salineras is an awe-struck site of thousands of years of salt fields, and Moray Terrace displays the innovative and scientific minds of the Incans.

Moray Terrace surrounded by Andes, in Peru

Moray Terrace surrounded by Andes, in Peru

The cab drive/tour guide was reserved before we reached Cusco airport. It was relaxing but once we were near Moray and Maras, I felt the altitude sickness little bit with dizziness and light-headed feeling. My girls and I fell asleep during our drive from Maras Salineras to Moray because we were feeling really dizzy.

Also, if you are going to be in Peru for few days and are planning to visit multiple Inca sites, it’s cheaper to buy the Boleto Turistico pass for 130 Sols for adult and 70 Sols for kids, which gives you free access to many ancient sites for 10 days.

Scenic drive to Ollantaytambo at the end of the day

TIME of TRAVEL: We visited Peru end of August, 2017. It was winter there and very pleasant for us. We did carry sweaters for all of us since it can get a bit windy in the mountains and chilly at night.

OUR HOTEL: We really didn’t stay in any of these places, since it was just a day-trip on our way from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Please check my upcoming post on Ollantaytambo to see our hotel. Tourists don’t usually stay in these places and I’m sure there aren’t many options here either. Ollantaytambo is within an hour drive and has lots of choices for lodging.

EATING and SHOPPING: We had lunch in the open market of Chinchero before visiting Santa Cataline Monastery on the hill. The food in Chinchero market were all street foods and women were cooking right there…openly. Food was very cheap with a nice big portion. We had fried trout with rice and potatoes. I also ordered a stuffed bell pepper with vegetables (deep fried). Don’t expect nice sitting arrangements and cleanliness, but it’s an experience we loved. We were just happy to actually get a table with 4 plastic chairs and sat down with few other locals and tourists.

Fried trout with rice, boiled potato, and veges in Chinchero market, Peru

Fried trout with rice, boiled potato, and veges in Chinchero market, Peru

Chinchero is a good place for buying small trinkets and hand craft items. You can find jewelries, home decors, wall hangings, shawls and sweaters, potteries, stuffed llamas, and lots of local goodies here. But do bargain, especially if you are buying multiple items from one vendor. When you are in Maras Salineras, buy few packages of natural salt from the mine at the entrance.

Vendors at Chinchero open market with their crafts

Vendors at Chinchero open market with their crafts

PLACES WE’VE VISITED: As I mentioned before, we were picked up from the Cusco airport in the morning by a previously appointed tour guide and went off to explore ancient and present Peru with all the luggage and backups. We reached our hotel in Ollantaytambo in the evening after visiting the below sites. It was not packed or tiring at all. We took it slow and enjoyed every bit of these country-sides and majestic Peruvian Andes.

Just one thing to remember is that, some people may get mild to severe altitude sickness in these areas. So, it’s better to drink some chlorophyll or coca tea right from the beginning of your trip. We got ours from the Vitamin World and coca leaves can be found in all the hotels or departmental stores near Cusco. I even saw free coca leaves in the airport also. It’ll help a lot, better to be feeling good than drowsy in your trip.

  1. CUSCO TEXTILE: It’s called Figueroa Alpaca Textile. As we entered the complex, we were greeted by llamas, baby alpaca, and guinea pigs. There was a small shaded area with all the materials to demonstrate how alpaca wool get processed into making different items. A lady in traditional Peruvian clothes walked in and introduced herself with her broken English. As she started to demonstrate the process, another lady walked in with 4 cups of mint tea in beautiful blue and white clay-made tea cups (which inspired me to buy those tea cup from Chinchero market). One thing that was really remarkable is that they use all natural product starting from cleaning the alpaca wool (juice from a plant) to dying them in different colors (all natural colors), to weaving them into different products.
A weaver working with alpaca wool at Figueroa Alpaca Textile in Peru

A weaver working with alpaca wool at Figueroa Alpaca Textile in Peru

After the demo, we were taken to a lady who was knitting a shawl from the alpaca wool. I was just eager to get to their store and explore some goodies. We ended up buying ponchos, shawls, sweaters, table clothes, and few small things for really good price. Items made with baby alpaca are very soft (softer than lamb wool) but can be expensive depending on location and complexity of the design.

An alpaca in Figueroa Alpaca Textile, Peru

An alpaca in Figueroa Alpaca Textile, Peru

  1. CHINCHERO: Chinchero is situated on higher ground than Cusco at almost 12,500 feet elevation. The Inca ruins here consist of nested terraces rising up to a plateau which can be viewed from the Santa Cataline Monastery. This is a church that was built in the early 1600s. We didn’t go inside and not sure if it’s even an active church or a museum. The site is included in Boleto Turistico pass.
Santa Cataline Monastery in Chinchero, Peru

Santa Cataline Monastery in Chinchero, Peru

Before climbing the hilly path to the monastery, we stopped at the open market area which is a heaven for souvenir hunters. Prices are not necessarily cheap here, but most of these items are hand crafted by the surrounding villagers. You can find potteries, shawls, table clothes, and other decors. I bought two traditional tea cups (without handles) for 20 USD both…not that cheap.

A lady in Chinchero market selling street food

A lady in Chinchero market selling street food

  1. MARAS SALINERAS: About an hour drive from narrow mountainous roads of Chinchero was the Salineras. This is a natural terraced salt mine in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We could see the salt terraces from far as we were passing thru the mountains. Once you are at the gate, you have to walk for few minutes to get to the site, which I couldn’t do because my exhausted girls fell asleep in the car. You have to see the nestled salt pans in the canyon to understand how the salt from water at the Salineras spring has been transformed into salt crystals for thousands of years.
Driving to thru Andes towards MARAS SALINERAS in Peru

Driving to thru Andes towards MARAS SALINERAS in Peru

Salineras can be done in less than an hour.  Enjoy the high mountains and the drive to get here, it looks dangerous being so high up on the mountains and driving by the edge. But breathe in and trust your cab driver/tour guide and enjoy the peaks, cliffs, valleys, and fresh air.

Salt pans of MARAS SALINERAS in Peru

  1. MORAY TERRACE: Moray is very close to the town of Maras and sits in the Sacred Valley of the Incas about 3500 meters above sea-level. This was more like an experimental site for different types of produces for the Incans. Other than this archeological site of Moray, enjoy the surrounding giant Andes Mountains and small farms.
MORAY TERRACE in Peru, sits in the Sacred Valley of the Incas about 3500 meters above sea-level

MORAY TERRACE in Peru, sits in the Sacred Valley of the Incas about 3500 meters above sea-level

We stayed in Moray Terrace about half an hour. We didn’t go down to the terraces, but there are stairs for that. The site is included in Boleto Turistico.

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