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Tour Impressive Kentucky Government Sites and Buildings
Among Kentucky’s numerous attractions are stately government installations. Among the most frequently visited are Fort Knox, the Kentucky State Capitol Building, the Governor’s Mansion, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lexington National Cemetery.
Fort Knox is one of the most recognized army posts in the world. Famously home to the gold bullion depository, it also plays host to the General George Patton Museum, which highlights Patton’s career and showcases the incredible history of the U.S. Army's Cavalry and Armored forces.
Tour the impressive state capitol building in Frankfort and take a tour of the grounds which highlights the Supreme Court Chamber, the Senate Chamber and the Governor’s office. The Governor’s Mansion is also a “must see.” Enjoy a public tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays and explore the Mansion’s unique design. Before leaving Frankfort, pay a visit to the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, steps from Capitol View Park.
Back in Lexington, you can not only see the hundreds of landmark buildings, but you can get a unique view of the area’s history by touring the Lexington National Cemetery. Originally established in 1849, the cemetery holds more than 66,000 interments. Within the Main Flower Garden, there is a stunning living Memorial Arbor.
Kentucky Governor's Mansion
Constructed in 1912, and designed by architects C.C. Weber and E.A. Weber, the Kentucky Governor's Mansion is a premier attraction in Frankfort. Make travel plans to visit the greater Louisville area, and make a day of it with tours and sight-seeing adventures at this impressive and historic site.
Featuring a unique blend of late 19th and 20th century revival along with French Renaissance styles, the Kentucky Governor's Mansion is a sight to behold. Also known as The People's House, this mansion features public tours Tuesday's and Thursday's.
Kentucky State Capitol
Like much of the American south, Kentucky is rich in history, culture, and heritage. From the Civil War sites, to the rolling blue grass hills, Kentucky is a premier travel destination. As you plan your next visit, be sure to check out the Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort.
Head for the greater Louisville area – Frankfort is just the east along Interstate 64 – and enjoy a guided tour of the state capitol. As you embark on your tour of the capitol, keep an eye out for some highlights – the Statue of Henry Clay is popular, as is the Governor's office. See the Senate Chamber and the Supreme Court Chamber – all at the Kentucky State Capitol.
Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
You'll have no problem finding historic landmarks and monuments during your next visit to Kentucky. Head for the greater Louisville area and stay in Frankfort – home of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Constructed in 1987, and officially dedicated in 1988, this monument honors the 1,103 Kentuckians who died fighitng in Vietnam War.
You can find the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial just inland of the Kentucky River along Coffee Tree Road and State Route 676. It is adjacent to the Capitol View Park. This Frankfort memorial is designed in the form of a sundial. Enjoy a bit of history on your next stay in Frankfort.
Arguably one of the most famous and well-known military installations found in the U.S., Fort Knox is an iconic and must-visit destination in Kentucky. Found west of Shepherdsville, and south of Louisville, Fort Knox is massive – it sprawls across 109,000 acres.
You can easily find Fort Knox along Highway 31W, only minutes inland from the Ohio River. One of the highlights found within Fort Knox is the General George Patton Museum, which yields insights into the life and career of Patton, the U.S Army Calvary, and the U.S. Army Armed Forces.
Lexington National Cemetery
Slow down the pace in the wonderful city of Lexington, with a visit to the Lexington National Cemetery. This 170-acre public and national cemetery, established in 1849, remains one of eastern Kentucky's landmark attractions. Take your time strolling the picturesque grounds past more than 66,000 interments. Many visitors from across the country and across the world, visit this beautiful cemetery to re-trace their heritage. Make the short drive in from nearby Georgetown.
While in the Main Flower Garden area of the cemetery, take a moment to view the living Memorial Arbor. The western area of the cemetery is home to the granite and marble Lexington Mausoleum, along with a reflecting pool and fountain. The Mausoleum features several hundred crypts, columbarium niches and a chapel for memorial services and meditation. If visiting during Easter or Memorial Day, attend the special holiday event held at the cemetery.