Discovering the best of America with great American road trips. Trying to decide on the five best road trips to add to your bucket list is akin to picking your favorite child. All have redeeming qualities, each has a unique personality with different views, but narrowing it down to a favorite is almost impossible. While spur of the moment road trips can be exhilarating, planning a road trip with room left for some serendipitous moments peppered in is the perfect recipe for a good time.
Rich, amber-coloured bourbon, a kind of whisky distilled almost exclusively in Kentucky distilleries, is the intoxicating product of native corn and local limestone-rich springs. About 95 per cent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky, each brand claiming its own unique taste, defined mostly by the charred white-oak barrels where it is aged for a minimum of two years.
The lure of striking it rich draws millions to American casinos and gambling destinations every year. Here are our faves.
“This Kentucky Derby, whatever it is—a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion—is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things I have ever experienced,” wrote novelist John Steinbeck. Billed with little exaggeration as ‘the greatest two minutes in sports’, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held sporting event in America and one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.
In central Kentucky, where the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains meet rolling bluegrass horse farms, lies bucolic Berea, an idyllic Appalachian arts and crafts centre. Hundreds of potters, painters, furniture makers, weavers and other artisans whose works are coveted throughout the country for their high quality are among this quiet town’s population of 10,000.