Kentucky is located in the East Central United States and is considered to be a “southern” state. As such, it is rich with southern traditions, like heavy lilting accents and fried food. However, there’s a lot more to Kentucky than just the southern stereotypes. The state is one of the four originally constituted as a commonwealth and actually got its start as part of Virginia. However, it officially became its own state in 1792. Today, it is the 37th largest state in the world by area. It is also the 26th most populated. The state is frequently referred to as the “Bluegrass State,” because of the growing bluegrass found in pastures throughout, though many people think this nickname refers to the musical style. Because of the very fertile soil, raising horses and other livestock is common throughout the state.

Kentucky is home to the longest natural cave system in the world, the Mammoth Cave National Park, has tons of waterways and the two largest lakes eastern of the Mississippi. The weather in the state tends to be somewhat temperate, though temperatures tend to fluctuate wildly throughout a season and even throughout a day. Important weather occurrences in the state include the Louisville Tornado of 1890, the Ohio River Flood of 1937, the 1874 Tornado Outbreak, the 1977 flooding of the Cumberland River, the 1997 flooding, the North American Blizzard of 2003, the 2008 tornado breakout referred to as “super Tuesday,” the 2008 windstorm, the 2009 ice storm, and the 2010 flooding of Pike County.

The state is home to many beautiful natural attractions, that both tourists and residents flock to each year. Some of the most popular include Red River Gorge, the Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Falls State Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Red River Gorge Geological Area, Land Between the Lakes, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Black Mountain, Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Lake Cumberland, and Natural Bridge.