If you’re booking a flight to Kentucky for the “most exciting two minutes in sports” then get excited. Held in Louisville at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday in May and is the finale to the Kentucky Derby Festival. Visitors booking Kentucky flights and hotel rooms during the Derby should come prepared to take part in the Derby traditions: big hats, seersucker suits and mint juleps are just part of the fun.
There are many reasons to book flights to Kentucky that don’t include horses or jockeys. Sports fans hop a flight to Kentucky to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum, where you can watch the famous bats and mitts being crafted. If you need something to sip on your flight to Kentucky, it’s worth noting that some of the best whiskey comes out of Kentucky. Grab a bottle to before boarding your Kentucky flight back home and store it for a special occasion.
Popular Destinations in Kentucky
Kentucky has a moderate climate with warm, humid conditions. Summers are warm with temperatures reaching the mid-80s (F), and winters mildly cold with temperatures in 30s and 40s. Spring is the rainy season, with most of the rain in the southern part of the state. Kentucky is on a storm path, and most storms occur between March and September.
With its mild climate, Kentucky has visitors year round, although summer (May to September) is the peak season.
Spring means the Kentucky Derby, so budget-conscious travelers will have a hard time finding cheap Kentucky flights and accommodations. The race is held the first Saturday in May, and there are two weeks of festivals and entertainment before the race.
Fall is also popular, particularly in the Kentucky Highlands during the Fall Festivals.
Spring is a bit slower in Kentucky, as long as you stay away from Louisville. Keep in mind, though, that Churchill Downs is open other times of the year when it is not nearly as crowded.
There are two airports offering flights within Kentucky, and some bus service south of Louisville and Lexington. Trail riding is available, and cycling is a popular mode of transport with cycling clubs and routes throughout Kentucky. A beautiful state to drive through, one of the best ways to explore Kentucky and see the sights is with a car.
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