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When visiting Kentucky, you have the opportunity to gain insight into the early years of one of the most influential leaders in the United States, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. It all starts with a trip to the 340-acre Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville.
Begin with the exhibits, family artifacts and video inside the Visitor Center before exploring the adjacent Memorial Building. Here, you’ll be given more background and see a replica of “Honest Abe’s” one-room log cabin.
From there, take a drive to Knob Creek. Lincoln moved there with his family when he was two and remained until age seven. You’ll meet with interpretive guides and enjoy other replicas while learning about Lincoln’s humble beginnings.
It’s easy to see why the impressive Mammoth Cave National Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring the longest cave system in the world, the Mammoth-Flint Ridge Cave System features 400 miles of underground passageways accessed through gateways in Cave City and Bowling Green.
Sign up for cave tours in the Visitor’s Center and enjoy exhibits about the cave system and explorer Stephen Bishop. There are more than a dozen themed cave tours, including the Historic Tour, the Violet City Lantern Tour and “Frozen Niagara,” which reveals a rare formation of travertine flowstone.
There are over also 70 miles of hiking, horseback and bike trails, as well as swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities in the Park’s Green and Nolin Rivers.