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In the east central part of United States, is the State of Kentucky - the 37th largest state of the country. Kentucky has 120 counties and Frankfort is the capital city, with Louisville the largest city. Kentucky is the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln and an important historic monument in Kentucky is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville.
Nicknamed as the "Bluegrass State" due to the bluegrass expanses, the grass stretches are a common sight on Kentucky‚Äôs landscape. Home to several natural riches, Kentucky has Mammoth Cave National Park, which preserves the 365 miles long cave, the longest in the world and also the most productive coalfield in the nation.
There is one National Park and 52 Kentucky State Parks, each with unique characteristics. Their located alongside water bodies, mountains, plateaus, forests, and virtually all type of terrain, gives each park an inimitable touch. The trails offered by these parks are the perfect way to soak in the immense beauty of the surroundings. Three major lakes are part of the state, namely, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Lake Cumberland, while major rivers that cross the terrain include the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Cumberland River, Green River, and Kentucky River. Boating, fishing, hiking, horse-riding, and camping are some of the popular recreational activities.
Agriculture is the prime industry with mining and automobile manufacturing also having a marked presence. Horse-rearing is another industry that thrives in this part of the country. Also, the best quality of Bourbon is produced in Kentucky and is the state‚Äôs signature beverage.
The moderate climate of Kentucky makes it appropriate for touring all round the year.