Welcome to Kentucky
The state of Kentucky is nicknamed the 'Bluegrass State' for the
variety of grass that covers much of its surface, producing a small
blue flower in springtime. The grass provides good grazing for
Kentucky's most treasured possessions: the thoroughbred horses that
are bred on the rolling hills of this western frontier area.
Horses, fried chicken, bourbon and river steamers are what most
people associate with Kentucky, but this largely rural part of the
United States has plenty of other attractions too, many of them
historical and a great deal of them natural. For instance, Thomas
Edison lived in Louisville before he invented the light bulb, and
the State contains the world's longest cave, Mammoth Cave, which is
350 miles (563km) long.
Kentucky is one of only four American states that is designated
a commonwealth: back in 1792 when Kentucky was incorporated as the
15th State of the Union the people chose to be a commonwealth,
governed on the common consent of the people. The state is governed
from the capital, Frankfort, on the Kentucky River in central
Kentucky, but the largest city in the state, and its commercial
capital, is Louisville, a lively town on the Ohio River.
Kentucky, bordered by no less than seven other states, is easily
accessible via several Interstate highways and the Louisville
International Airport, making it a popular tourist destination with
its 50 state parks and hundreds of recreational, natural, historic
and cultural attractions. Tourism is the State's third largest
revenue-producing industry and visitors are enthusiastically
Information & Facts
Kentucky generally experiences a mild climate, but summers can
be hot and there is snowfall in winter. The wettest seasons are
spring and summer.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November). GMT -6 (GMT -7) in
the western part of the state.