|Destination Airport IATA Code||LEX|
|Destination City Name||Lexington|
Take a vacation to Lexington, Kentucky, known as the Horse Capital of the World, and book flights to Lexington using Orbitz.com. Orbitz.com allows you to book your hotel, car rental, and flight, all in one convenient place. Get away from your everyday routine and spend some time out in Lexington.
Travelers flying into Lexington will arrive at Blue Grass Airport, which is located 6 miles west of downtown Lexington at Blue Grass Airport, 4000 Terminal Drive #206, Lexington, Kentucky. Blue Grass Airport hosts a variety of shops and restaurants. If you are looking to pick up a few things you may have forgotten at home or some snacks for your ride to the hotel, stop by the Blue Grass Market Place for food, small items, and souvenirs. If you are hungry, you can get a salad or sandwich from Market Fresh or a coffee from Primo Cappuccino. There are two bars in the airport, The Taproom and the Knob Creek Bourbon Lounge. Once you have your food, you can hop on the LexTran bus, the only public transportation option. This bus takes you from the airport to the Transit Center on Vine Street in downtown Lexington for only $1 for a single ride; you can also pay $3 for a day pass. If you plan to use the bus system often during your stay, you can purchase a 20-ride pass for only $15. Aside from buses, there are a few rental car options, as well as taxi and shuttle services.
As the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is home to one of America's most beautiful racetracks, Keeneland. Known for its amazing landscaping, Keeneland has a viewing area where you can view the horses up close. Associated with Keeneland is the Thoroughbred Center, which breeds and trains some of the most elite horses in the world. Visitors can go on a guided tour through this amazing facility. For those who are not so inclined to see horses, Triangle Park is a beautiful way to spend time outside. It is especially good at night when the cascading fountain is lit up. Sports fans should be sure to visit Rupp Arena for a University of Kentucky game if they are there during basketball season. The city also has the beautifully renovated Lexington Opera House, which is well worth seeing. Because of the city's many outdoor attractions, spring or late summer is the best time to visit Lexington. During the winter, temperatures drop between 25 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas they range between 65 and 90 degrees during the summer.
With so many fun outdoor activities and one of the best horse racetracks in the world, Lexington offers a unique vacation to get away and experience something new. Use Orbitz.com to book flights to Lexington, and save time by booking your hotel, car rental, and flight all in the same place.
To experience the richest beauty of the always-beautiful bluegrass, plan your trip for either spring or fall. In April and May, not only are flowers blooming and trees exploding into green, but the year’s crop of foals are big enough to be gallivanting in the fields (many of them are born in January or February). And temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s—without the steaminess that comes in the summer months.
In autumn, the black walnuts and bur oaks turn gold, something that prompted Lexington journalist J. Soule Smith to say in 1898, “Sometimes, it seems to me that nothing can excel a woodland pasture in the fall.” No matter the time of year, remember that something has to keep the grass lush: Be prepared for rain (July is typically the soggiest time).
The best month to experience the equine lifeblood of Lex is April, when both the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (cross-country, dressage, and show jumping) and the Keeneland meet (thoroughbred racing, including key Kentucky Derby preps) take place. But the whole region has a thriving art, music, and cultural scene during all four seasons. The Festival of the Bluegrass, in June, is Kentucky’s oldest bluegrass music festival. Fourth of July is the biggest holiday of the year—and the days-long party includes performances by the Lexington Philharmonic. September brings the Roots & Heritage Festival, founded to recognize the cultural contributions of African-Americans. Want to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? There are tours (and free samples) all year, but some distilleries limit production in summer to fix up their facilities.
Winter in Kentucky can get quite chilly, with temps down in the 40s and 50s. If you can bear the cold, the holiday season is an experience in itself. A few inches of snow coat the horse pastures, and every tree and wreath shimmers with lights. The most snowfall comes in January and February, although it’s rarely more than a few inches.
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