Named after the site of the first battle of the American Revolution, Lexington was officially founded in 1781 and soon came to be one of the state's largest cities. Nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass Region, the city is surrounded by sprawling paddocks and farms where some of the country's best thoroughbreds are raised. A visit to the "Horse Capital of the World" would be incomplete without a trip to Kentucky Horse Park, home to over 50 different horse breeds, several museums, art galleries and demonstrations. The Keeneland Racecourse is another popular attraction, as is the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Lexington Cemetery. Shop to your hearts content at numerous stores selling artisanal products and handicrafts, discover the art of bourbon production at historic distilleries like the Buffalo Trace, and revel in nature's bounty at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Lexington has a little something for everyone, making this a great choice for a family vacation. The city is easily accessible via road, rail and flight, the availability of several public transport options and car rental agencies make traveling within the city a breeze. Stop by the Lexington Visitors' Center at 401 West Main Street for brochures, tourist information helpful tips before you begin your discovery of this vibrant city's many wonders.
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