Bardstown, Kentucky

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"

Description

The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is a Kentucky landmark and quintessentially hospitable. Kick off your visit in downtown’s Courthouse Square where distinct small town storefronts lead to the picturesque, distinguished Courthouse. From here a walking tour, carriage ride or trolley trip will transport you through history and traditions.

The first stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this town’s tastings are most visitor’s first stop upon arrival. From small, family-owned distilleries to world-famous Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, bourbon is an art form here and a part of Bardstown’s identity. For this spirit’s biggest connoisseurs, come for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September or add the Museum of Whiskey History to your itinerary.

My Old Kentucky Home is another must-stop, the state park where Stephen Foster wrote the song locals still hold dear. For a feel of that time ride the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which offers a first-class meal through beautiful Bluegrass Country. The town’s history is further commemorated at the Civil War Museum and Kentucky Railway Museum, where visitors can ride a locomotive and view model trains and artifacts.

In addition to charming shopping, varied dining and Southern bed and breakfasts, enjoy outdoor recreation, wineries, even more museums and an array of local festivals. With 30 annual events, there’s always something happening here, with food, music, history and spirits bringing the community together. See why locals love living here in their reviews.

There is always something on....this town makes it happen!
Reviewed by kllewellyn
on May 31, 2012
By far the most beautiful small town in America!
Reviewed by Molly113
on May 31, 2012
Beautiful town! I love to walk the downtown area. I keep going back because I can't seem to see everything in one trip.
Reviewed by lovethesun72
on May 31, 2012
I live in a neighboring county but always make a point to take visiting friends and family to see Bardstown....the Most Beautiful Small Town in America.
Reviewed by NoraBelle
on May 31, 2012
Born and raised in Bardstown... I could not imagine living anywhere else. The people, the landscape, and that true "small town feel" make it the best small town on earth!
Reviewed by lulu4uofl
on May 31, 2012
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Population

11,700

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