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Lexington

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Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry. Surrounded by a picturesque countryside dotted with hundreds of renowned horse farms, Kentucky's second-largest city boasts a compact downtown district filled with shops, theaters, and sports venues. Two large universities attract a growing number of foreign students, flavoring Lexington with a college-town atmosphere and providing it with a much richer culture than most visitors expect from a city of just over 300,000 people. There are plenty of things to do in the pedestrian-friendly downtown, but to appreciate the profound impact the horse industry has had on this town, you'll want to explore the rural areas outside the city proper. Lexington is in Kentucky (KY). Use our world travel planner: Lexington and all its delights await.
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Where to stay in Lexington

Downtown Lexington offers accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, but for easier access to the area's famous horse parks and farms, consider staying just north of the city proper. Many rustic bed and breakfasts on the edge of town offer guests a chance to stay at a farmhouse or log cabin. These properties provide not only every comfort of home, but also much more privacy than a downtown hotel could offer. To avoid driving to Lexington's major urban attractions, consider a hotel near the city's convention center.
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