Bardstown, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

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


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.

I always take out of town visitors on a day trip to Bardstown. It is beautiful with a wonderful history.
Reviewed by
on May 16, 2012
beautiful town,very photogenic
Reviewed by FPFS.EDE
on May 16, 2012
Bardstown's beauty is apparent in a flouishing downtown that is enhanced by nature's beauty. Set in the rolling hills of Kentucky the pride of the residents sets it apart from other small towns.
Reviewed by fnur.bsd
on May 16, 2012
Bardstown is one of the best places to live, work and play! Always good things to do, a friendly atmosphere where you'll always feel right at home if you're a newcomer or a familiar face.
Reviewed by dmanley
on May 16, 2012
The best part of Bardstown is not only the outstanding historic homes and civil war museum including Stephan Foster amphitheater but also the little details you see as you walk around town and thru the alleys for how life was in 1700 and 1800's. These homes were built by hand by very talented craftsmen.
Reviewed by
on May 16, 2012
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