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Kentucky is a southern state of the United States; its state capital is Frankfort. Attractions include horse racing and beautiful lakes. Kentucky is also culturally part of the American South. It is home to famous food (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hot Brown, and Burgoo), drink (bourbon whiskey) and music (bluegrass) traditions.
Bluegrass Region
Horses and bourbon sum up this region; the gently rolling hills are the heart of the thoroughbred industry and many distilleries can be found along its streams.
Caves and Lakes
A karst region containing the largest cave system in the world; its hub is Bowling Green
Daniel Boone Country
This rugged landscape is dominated by the Daniel Boone National Forest and it was here that the Wilderness Road was cut enabling the first wave of settlers to enter the state through the Cumberland Gap.
Kentucky Appalachians
A rugged and rural portion of the state.
Kentucky Derby Region
This region, centered around Kentucky's largest city, Louisville is also world-famous for its bourbon distilleries
Northern Ohio River Region
An emerging economic power in Kentucky: the cities of Covington, Florence, Independence, and Newport are among the fastest growing in the state
Southern Lakes
Containing many man-made lakes, this rural region offers many opportunities for recreation
Western Coal Fields
This area of alternating ridges and valleys was mined extensively in the years after World War II, but many of the mined lands were turned into wildlife management areas and the region has become a draw for sportsmen; Owensboro is its largest city
Western Waterlands
A mostly flat area of the state that lies within the floodplains of four major rivers, this region contains the state's largest agricultural operations and the recreational areas around Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley

For the most part, these regions are used only by the state for tourism promotion—they do not necessarily reflect the regions recognized by Kentuckians themselves. The state tourism regions map to locally recognized regions as follows:



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