Forbes.com recently named some of America’s best places to visit on a budget this summer, and Lexington made the list.
In an article titled “Cheap Summer Travel: 23 Places To Go In 2018,” a writer out of Nashville nominates Lexington for its bourbon trails and distillery district, as well as the ice cream, local art and much more.
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Chosen By: Nashville-based Kristin Luna is a journalist by profession, a Southerner by birth and a boss woman who runs the travel and lifestyle site Camels & Chocolate, where she shares her adventures around the South (and beyond).
Why: As a Southerner who grew up nearby in Tennessee, I somehow didn’t discover Lexington until my 30s — and once I did, I loved it so much that I wound up traveling there four times over a two-year period. My husband and I are big fans of bourbon, so the easy access to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail was what originally attracted us to the area — Woodford Reserve being a favorite and the new Castle & Key just down the road from there poised to be the next big “it” distillery. But it’s all the developments within the city itself that have kept us coming back time after time. Lexington has the same appeal as Austin, Texas, but without the price point. Hotels are still affordable, and you can cover plenty of ground downtown on your own two feet, which makes tackling the Brewgrass Trail pretty handy. (And if you don’t want to walk, I highly recommend the Thirsty Peddler as your mode of transportation!) My favorite neighborhood is the Distillery District, anchored by the old James E. Pepper Distilling Co., which originally was built following the Civil War and just reopened its doors a few months ago. The area also boasts the best ice cream, Crank & Boom, and a killer brewery, Ethereal. But best of all, there’s plenty to do that’s free, like participating in Visit Lex’s Mural Challenge and tracking down as many of the 100+ art installations woven through the city as you can find. Bonus: They make for great Instagram fodder.
Other popular cities on the list include Boise, Nashville, Panama City and St. Louis. I’ve already been to all four this year, so does that make me cheap or efficient?
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