Lexington Information

With its proximity to I-75 and I-64, Lexington provides convenient access to many cities. Over 60 percent of the U.S. population are within one day's travel time (by car) to this city. Residents of Charleston (West Virginia), Cincinnati (Ohio), and Nashville (Tennessee) especially will find travel to Lexington convenient. Within the city, travelers can easily navigate through Kentucky via the Mountain Parkway and the Bluegrass Parkway.

As the "horse capital of the world," Lexington, also known as The Bluegrass, is renowned for its horse racing facility of Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park. In addition to competitive equestrian events, the latter also features traveling exhibits.

However, Lexington also has lots of appeal even for non-equestrians. It has a long history of wine, beer and bourbon production. Visitors will find plenty of distilleries, breweries and wineries open for touring. Some of the wineries also feature entertainment in the summer.

Lexington is home to hundreds of restaurants with a variety of chain restaurants and local establishments. The tastes run from Japanese, Mexican, Italian, seafood and many others. Don't leave without tasting some of the local favorites: burgo, hot browns, or derby pie.

Like many vibrant cities, restaurants in Lexington are busy between 7 and 9 p.m., especially on weekends. However, 5 to 7 p.m. is a good time to sample dining. Visitors will find many restaurants located along the Man O'War/I-75 corridor at the Hamburg Pavilion.

Travelers should know that all restaurants and bars have indoor smoking bans. Smokers step out on sidewalks when they feel the need to light up, while many downtown establishments have designated areas.

Lexington is full of malls, quaint stores and unique shopping areas. Fayette Mall on Nicholasville Road, one of Kentucky's biggest malls, is one of the city's main shopping centers with over 100 stores. Other malls of note include the Turfland Mall on Harrodsburg Road, the Landsdowne Shopping Center on Tates Creek Road and The Mall at Lexington Green on Nicholasville Road.

Another huge venue is The Shops at Lexington Center, Kentucky's largest multipurpose complex. Victorian Square, situated a block from the center, is yet another popular shopping, dining, and nightlife destination.

Shoppers who want other options will find charming shopping areas in the Chevy Chase Village, along the University of Kentucky campus and the Greentree section. Areas like Winchester, Georgetown, Richmond, Versailles, Midway and Paris provide more of a small-town ambiance.