Kentucky is a southeastern state bounded by the Ohio River in the north and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, with Frankfort as the state capital. The state’s largest city, Louisville, is home to the Kentucky Derby, the renowned horse race held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. The race is preceded by a 2-week festival and celebrated in the Kentucky Derby Museum year-round.
Best Time to Visit Kentucky
The state has an average annual high of 87°F in summer and an average low of 23°F in winter. Spring and fall are the most pleasant times to visit for nice weather. I went to the Kentucky Derby with a group of friends back in 2016. We had so much fun, but I did not like the famous mint juleps.
Warm up in winter, with a Bourbon Tour around the local distilleries and learn about the history behind the spirits. In the fall, mountains in Kentucky turn red, orange, and bright yellow as the Daniel Boone National Forest changes colors.
April and May enjoy temperatures in the upper 60’s °F to mid-70’s °F, with a refreshing burst of greenery. This is the best time to hike and see all the waterfalls in Kentucky’s Big South Fork.