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If you want to see Lexington in one day, start early and get out of the city. Fog often rolls in on the horse farms surrounding the city in the early morning as trainers rise to put their thoroughbreds through a workout. Many farms offer guided tours. If you're willing to go farther out, a trip to one of Kentucky's myriad distilleries on the Bourbon Trail offers the chance to learn about the drink for which the state is known.
Stop back in town for lunch at a local favorite like Ramsey's Diner or Alfalfa before continuing your day. If you're in town during April or October, a visit to Keeneland Race Course is a must. First post is usually around 1 p.m., and racing runs through the early evening. Otherwise, stop by the Ashland, Henry Clay’s estate, or the Mary Todd Lincoln House for a lesson in American history. Both will place you downtown, where you can grab dinner at Lexington landmark deSha's.
Unwind in the evening with a trip to the downtown pavilion and a nightcap. If you're not in the mood for the bars, a show at the Kentucky Theatre is a quiet alternative to end your busy day in the Bluegrass.