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.

Beautiful town any season!
Reviewed by star071302
on May 16, 2012
i love Bardstown and I am proud to be a citizen of this wonderful community.
Reviewed by theresah
on May 16, 2012
Beautiful Town and great place to visit!!!
Reviewed by ghall
on May 16, 2012
This place has been home to me for 33 years now and I have no thought or desire to leave, and why would I ? I am not the big city living type of gale, but Bardstown offers up just enough city for me.I like being able to drive a mile in any direction,still be in the city limits,but somehow be on the country side... Ive been a few places and was shown hospitality.Haven't found any quite like we have here in Bardstown...
Reviewed by Sara Jean
on May 16, 2012
Bardstown is a beautiful place. Wonderful historical buildings.
Reviewed by normagoss
on May 16, 2012
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