Provided below are general categories of important things to know when traveling to Kentucky. Click each heading to learn more about each topic.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG)
CVG offers first-tier accessibility along with international recognition for convenience and passenger satisfaction.
Delta's second largest hub, behind Atlanta.
580 daily departures to 113 cities non-stop, with 18 daily international flights including nonstop service to Frankfurt, London, Montreal, Nassau, Paris, and Toronto.
For the 11th time in seven years, the airport has been recognized nationally for its high level of customer satisfaction -- J.D. Power and Associates ranked CVG third best in the U.S. for overall passenger satisfaction.
Louisville International Airport (SDF)
Louisville is one of the most accessible cities in the country. Louisville International Airport provides nearly 100 flights daily, and downtown is literally seven minutes away.
Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX)
Blue Grass Airport serves over one million passengers each year on six commercial airlines. Located just five miles from downtown Lexington, the airport is known for its convenience and can easily be accessed from all points of central and eastern Kentucky. In addition to commercial service, Blue Grass Airport provides a variety of corporate and general aviation services including a U.S. customs office for international arrivals, two fixed-base operators and aircraft maintenance and storage.
Blue Grass Airport
Info: ( 859 ) 425-3114
Local Tourism Offices
The speed limit on Kentucky's multi-lane, limited-access parkways and interstate highways outside metropolitan areas is 70 miles per hour (104 kilometers per hour). On Kentucky's two-lane parkways, and the open road, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour (88 kilometers per hour) unless otherwise posted. Speed limits within city limits are 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour) or 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour) unless otherwise posted. School Zones are enforced during such time as the flashing yellow lights are displayed. Fines for speeding in works zones are doubled.
Kentucky has a right turn on red law, unless an intersection sign states otherwise. Please, for your safety and the safety of others, don't drink and drive. If convicted of D.U.I., first-time offenders can expect a 90-day license suspension, fines of $200-$500, and possible jail time up to 30 days. Penalties are more severe for second and subsequent convictions.
Headlights should be used during periods of rain or other inclement weather.
Kentucky has a mandatory seat belt law, so please, buckle up.
Federally approved child restraint seats are required by Kentucky law for all children 40 inches tall or less.
If you are involved in an accident, notify the nearest state police post or call 1-800-222-5555.
For emergencies, dial 911 from any land or mobile phone. 911 is the universal emergency number for the United States and operators will assist you during your call.
To report a reckless driver or someone who you think may be violating Kentucky's traffic laws, call the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement at 1-800-928-2402.
Click here to go to the Kentucky State Police website.
Climate and Weather
No matter the season, you'll love Kentucky's mild climate. Summers can be very warm, but cool evenings are not unusual. For spring and fall, it's a good idea to bring a light jacket. In the winter, we get a moderate amount of snow. The wettest seasons are spring and summer, and the driest is the fall.
Average Hi and Lo Temperatures
hi 40 / lo 23
hi 44 / lo 25
hi 54 / lo 34
hi 66 / lo 44
hi 75 / lo 54
hi 83 / lo 62
hi 86 / lo 66
hi 85 / lo 65
hi 79 / lo 58
hi 68 / lo 46
hi 54 lo 36
hi 44 / lo 28
hi 4 / lo -5
hi 7 / lo -4
hi 12 / lo -1
hi 19 / lo 7
hi 24 / lo 12
hi 27 / lo 17
hi 30 / lo 19
hi 29 / lo 18
hi 26 / lo 15
hi 20 / lo 8
hi 12 / lo 2
December hi 7 / lo -2
The legal age to buy alcohol is 21, and it is not available in every county. A complete listing of the counties where alcohol can be purchased is available online here. (Adobe PDF Document)
Alcohol is sold at retail liquor stores, drug and grocery stores. Large restaurants in Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson and Kenton counties sell by the drink on Sundays. To check local availability, please call ahead to your destination.
Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state except Alaska. The numerous rivers and water impoundments provide 1,100 commercially navigable miles (1,770 kilometers).
Kentucky has 12.7 million acres of commercial forest land - 50% of the state's land area. The main species of trees are white oak, red oak, walnut, yellow poplar, beech, sugar maple, white ash and hickory. Kentucky ranks third among hardwood producing states.
The total value of Kentucky's mineral production in 1999 was $3.8 billion. Principal minerals and by-products produced in order of value are coal, crushed stone, natural gas and petroleum. Kentucky is the nation's third largest coal producer - 152.4 million tons in 1996.
Kentucky Department of Travel Office
Department of Travel & Tourism
500 Mero Street
Capital Tower, 22nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Tel: (502) 564 4930 or (800) 225 8747 (toll-free)
Fax: (502) 564 5695.
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