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In all probability, Daniel Boone was the first to realize the enormous tourist potential of the Bluegrass state, when in 1767, crossing Cumberland Gap, the road of the eponymous plateau connecting Virginia and Kentucky, was struck by what he saw: in front of his gaze were the high peaks of the Appalachians, the expanses of virgin forests , sparkling lakes and streams, in a word, huge wealth of natural resources. At that moment Boone confidently asserted that after him other people would certainly come here. To date, the forecast made by him, is confirmed by thousands of visitors coming annually to Kentucky for the period of their vacations, for various meetings and sporting events.
Kentucky offers a huge variety of everything: from urban areas and to rural landscapes and wild areas, the state is full of numerous attractions waiting to be discovered.
Fans of adventurous travel will not be disappointed, as Eastern Kentucky offers exciting outdoor adventures. To do this, the absolutely correct place will be the Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Here professional instructors and manufacturers of sports equipment will teach beginners how to move properly and offer you a completely new experience. The Gorge region is famous all over the world among the main directions in the eastern part of the USA, for rock climbing.
Do not forget about water! So, for example, Cumberland River, Russell Wilk and Big South Fork give you a great chance to stay in touch with nature, moving on rafts, kayaks or canoes. Here you can enjoy rafting, like never before, in one of the most picturesque rural areas of the Commonwealth.
Kentucky’s musical heritage certainly deserves attention. It would seem that there is something in the water or still it is a matter of genetics. The US Highway 23 event, running along the east coast of the state, from Ashland and to the border with Virginia, was dedicated to Country Music Highway in 1994 and is a tribute to all the stars that were born in this region.
Among them are the names of such celebrities as Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gale, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynonna and Naomi Judd and others, many of whom still perform at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.
The hundred years of anniversary of Bill Monroe, the father of the music of Bluegrass, who was born in Rosine, south of Owensboro, was celebrated in 2011. Each fall, the largest Bluegrass festival is held here, when the performances of Bluegrass bands and performers from all over the country are held for four days. Monroe himself is buried with his family in the cemetery of Rosine.
It is worth visiting in the south of the central part of Kentucky Mammoth Cave, which is the longest cave system in the world. In this national park tours are offered for any researchers, from beginners to experts.