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.

The beauty of Bardstown is matched by the beauty of its people.
Reviewed by bettyk57
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is a charming place to visit in Kentucky. People of Bardstown are extremely friendly, smiling and saying hello to any who passes. The people of Bardstown are very gracious towards guests and are very welcoming.
Reviewed by elwatt2
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown has wonderful selection of locally owned restaurants! Try them all and you won't be disappointed!
Reviewed by MMattingly
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown loves to Party!!!!! There's always a festival or special event going on.From My Old Kentucky Home and the Civil War Museum to Ghostly attractions and Spirits of the distilled sort, you're sure to find something fun to do! There are many beautiful and historic sites and homes to see and a variety of fabulous restaurants and shops. Even dine while riding the rails aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. I love spending the day in Bardstown.
Reviewed by LouisvilleCardFan
on June 1, 2012
If you're lost, ... no problem! Ask any local for directions and they will go out of their way to make sure you get where you need to go.
Reviewed by bardstown40004
on June 1, 2012
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