Great North American Road Trips – No. 1 – The Bourbon Trail

Posted: Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Bourbon Trail – Kentucky

Time: Allow at least 3 days to get through all the legendary distilleries.
Car: Any car will do, preferably with someone else driving if you enjoy a sneaky whiskey.
Distance: The distance of this road trip is approx. 140 miles starting in Lexington and eventually making it’s way to Louisville.
Attractions: Only the best and most well known bourbon/whiskey distilleries in the world.


The below map shows the recommended route for the Bourbon Trail. This is only the recommended route, by all means do it in reverse, take side trips or spend as long as you want, after all is it your road trip.

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If you are a fan of whiskey then this road trip is for you, Kentucky is very well known for it’s famous distilleries producing only the best bourbon and whiskey available.

Day 1

Day 1 begins in Lexington, The Town Branch Distillery is located smack bang in the middle of downtown Lexington, ensure you have a taste of their bourbon infused coffee named Bluegrass Sundown as it is a hit with most people. If you have the time make your way over to the Barrel House Distilling Co. located about a mile away. They have a mix of liquor to sample including rum aged in bourbon barrels, pure blue vodka and American Whiskey.

By now you will probably be in the mood for a spot of lunch, there are a few options available. If you are just after a snack the Midway School Bakery have all the old favourites, for a formal meal the Holly Hill Inn is the place to go or for something in between tasty lunches can be found at Windy Corner Market and Restaurant.

For the second half of day 1 we move down through the spectacular horse country home to many beautiful and quick race horses to Versailles which is a great place to spend the night once you have visited the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Day 2

Day 2 will take you to Lawrenceburg and surrounding areas where you will find the Wild Turkey and Four Roses Distilleries. Harrodsburg which is Kentucky’s first settlement is a great historic place to visit and also the perfect place to spend the night. The Beaumont Inn here is on the National Register of Historic Places and is where we recommend you stay.

Day 3

Day 3 is a busy one where you will explore all the distilleries in Lebanon, Loretto, Bardstown, Shepherdsville and Louisville.

Lebanon is the “heart” of Kentucky being the geographical center. There are tonnes of historical attractions here including Civil War landmarks, but what everybody comes here for is the sugar shine, Limestone Branch Distilleries hand made bourbon.

The Makers Mark Distillery, Loretto Kentucky

The Makers Mark Distillery, Loretto Kentucky

Loretto is home to the world renowned historic landmark of the Makers Mark Distillery. Here you can sample the whiskey and even try your hand at applying their signature red wax onto a bottle.

In Bardstown you will find both the Willett and Heaven Hill Distilleries. Bardstown has been voted the most beautiful small town in America and is a great place to spend the night.

The famous Jim Beam Distillery is located in Shepherdsville and is your last distillery on the tour, make sure you take their interactive tour and as always have a sample of their products. Once done here make your way up to Louisville where you eat, drink and sleep some more and experience everything the city has to offer.

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