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Cheap Flights to Kentucky

Cheap Flights to Kentucky

Kentucky is known as horse country, but while its most famous event may be the Kentucky Derby, visitors also throng to the Bluegrass State to explore its scenic wonders, to immerse themselves in its rich musical legacy and to tour the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Of the five commercial airports accommodating flights to Kentucky, the three that see the most incoming traffic are Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville International Airport (SDF) and Blue Grass Airport (LEX).

Flights to Kentucky

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport handles both cargo and passenger flights and is a domestic hub for Delta Air Lines and Southern Air. Nearly three million passengers pass through CVG’s three terminals every year. Carriers offering cheap flights to Kentucky through this airport include Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. Ample parking is available at a cost per day. Public transportation options include shuttles operated by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky that will deposit you in nearby Covington for a mere $2.

As the worldwide hub for UPS, Louisville International Airport is the third-busiest cargo airport in the United States, but it also serves commercial passengers through carriers like Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines. The airport is located just eight miles south of Louisville and features plenty of parking. Public buses operated by the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) are also available.

If you’re visiting eastern Kentucky’s famous horse country, Blue Grass Airport is the place to land. It’s also the site of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, which showcases restored aircraft and assorted memorabilia from yesteryear. Passengers leave from and arrive at one of three concourses in one main terminal. While there is no public bus service from the airport to nearby Lexington, there are taxis and hotel courtesy vans available.

Attractions in Kentucky

If you're booking a flight to Kentucky in order to attend the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, you'll want to disembark at Louisville International Airport (SDF). Pack your best hat, and come prepared to place a bet. If you’d like to learn more about this famous race, drop by the Kentucky Derby Museum in downtown Louisville.

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was once a gateway for pioneers on their westward migratory routes. While you’re there, visit Hensley Settlement, a living history museum atop Brush Mountain where you can tour a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse and a spring house.

Bourbon is Kentucky’s signature spirit, and many Bourbon County distilleries have banded together in recent years to offer Kentucky Bourbon Trail tours.

Travel Tips for Kentucky

The Kentucky Derby is a centerpiece for a week-long party in Louisville called the Kentucky Derby Festival, which features steamboat races, marathons, hot air balloon contests and a huge fireworks display.

Lexington’s Festival of the Bluegrass is a celebration of the distinctive American musical genre that derives its name from the bluish-green grass that grows wild in this region. It takes place in Lexington every year on the first full weekend in June, and it is very popular, so book your cheap flights to Kentucky well in advance.

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