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Introducing Lexington

Even the prison looks like a country club in Lexington, home of million dollar houses and multimillion dollar horses. Once the wealthiest and most-cultured city west of the Allegheny Mountains, it was called ‘the Athens of the West, ’ and today is home to the University of Kentucky and the heart of the thoroughbred racehorse industry. A handsome little city with a pedestrian-friendly downtown, stately Victorian neighborhoods and a lively youth culture, the city is well-worth a stop, though most of the attractions are in the countryside outside the metro area.

Pick up maps and area information from the visitor center (859-233-7299, 800-845-3959; www.visitlex.com; 301 E Vine St; 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat). The public library (140 E Main St; 10am-5pm Tue-Fri, from noon Sat & Sun) has free internet access and free wireless for those with laptops.