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Set in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Lexington is known as the “Horse Capitol of the World” with good cause; legendary equestrian races were run in both Keeneland Racecourse and Kentucky Horse Park.
For historical insight, head to Mary Todd Lincoln’s house and take a tour of Ashland, the gorgeous estate of Kentucky Senator Henry Clay. Take a trip to one of the outlying horse farms for an up close view of the area’s famous thoroughbreds. You won’t wonder why Lexington was chosen as the first-ever U.S. sight of the World Equestrian Games in 2010; the beauty of the horses in Lexington almost outstrip that of the lush countryside.
The whole family will love the many interactive exhibits at the Explorium. Indulge in a few treats at Old Kentucky Chocolates, where kids will delight in learning all about the candy-making process. After dark, visit Triangle Park and dip your feet in the fountains while taking in a view of city lights. Head downtown to taste delicious Kentucky cuisine, including spicy beer cheese spread, a regional specialty. And don’t forget to tour one of the local whiskey distilleries; for a unique experience try the Woodford Reserve Distillery, which uses the original Scottish "pot still" method. Sample Lexington’s famous bourbon, either in its original form or in an infused chocolate truffle known as a bourbon ball.
To take full advantage of all that Lexington has to offer, book into an IHG hotel, where you’ll find all of the amenities you deserve at great prices.When you stay at an IHG hotel, you know that you’ll return to restful comfort after a day on the town in Lexington.
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