1). Ark Encounter - Williamstown - most expensive on the list - life-size Noah's Ark one hour north of Lexington - truly brings the Bible alive. Every believer has to visit the ark.
2). Natural Bridge in Red River Gorge - Slade - most-dangerous on the list - this is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest - best outdoors place in Kentucky - has something for everyone - one hour east of Lexington.
3). Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park - Hodgenville - America's most-famous president was born in Kentucky, while you're there, visit his boyhood home nearby - also not too far is, My Old Kentucky Home, in Bardstown - two hours west of Lexington.
4). Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - Middlesboro - Daniel Boone found a gap in the Appalachian Mountains and westward migration came through this gap - also visit nearby Chained Rock at Pine Mountain State Resort Park - 2.5 hours southeast of Lexington.
5). Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate - Lexington - the must-visit home of America's statesman - first-class preservation. Afterwards, drive two miles down Main Street and tour the Mary Todd Lincoln House (Abraham Lincoln's wife).
6). Mammoth Cave National Park - Mammoth Cave - surprisingly, Kentucky is filled with caves all over the state - Mammoth Cave is the world's longest cave system - book a tour - 2 hours west of Lexington.
7). Cumberland Falls State Resort Park - Corbin - visit Little Niagara Falls - also part of the Daniel Boone National Forest - book a boat ride to the falls - view the moonbow - two hours south of Lexington.
8). The State Capitol - Frankfort - Kentucky's state government comes from a small town - you can tour the capitol and see the governor's mansion nearby - one hour north of Lexington.
9). Kenneland - Lexington - book a tour at America's nicest horse racing track - you also can tour where horses are auctioned in September - afterwards, tour the Kentucky Castle four miles down the highway.
10). Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - Louisville - if you love baseball, this historic bat company is the perfect tour - you can also watch bats being made - while in Louisville, tour the race track of the Kentucky Derby, Churchhill Downs - tours are booked through the Kentucky Derby Museum - 1.5 hours west of Lexington.