The Bluegrass State

Destination: Kentucky

Kentucky is a southeastern state home to both the Kentucky Derby and the Bourbon Trail.Take the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail road trip and stop in on nine of the state’s distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Bulleit, Four Roses, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Evan Williams, Heaven Hill and Woodford Reserve. Whiskey not your thing? That's all right, there's plenty to do in Louisville that doesn't involve drinking. There is the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Churchill Downs, Belle of Louisville, the Louisville Zoo, and more!

Bourbon Country and the Kentucky Derby

The first Kentucky Derby race takes place on May 17th, 1875. You'll want to see a piece of this history, whether you're wearing a floppy hat Churchill Downs for the actual race or a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. In addition the the actual race there are other events surround the race. The Kentucky Derby Festival stretches "the most exciting two minutes in sports" into a month-long party. Events for the festival include Thunder Over Louisville, annual fireworks show, half and full marathon, hot-air balloon events, and The Pegasus Parade.

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Want to find Louisville on a map? Look for the Ohio River along the Indiana border. Louisville is a great mid-size city with a population of around 255,000. If you're lucky enough to be on assignment in Louisville in May, head to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. You've heard of a "Louisville Slugger," yeah? The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, is where Major League bats are produced. Go here to learn more about the history of the "slugger."


Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World," due to its 400 or so horse farms surrounding the city. Lexington also has a 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park, attracting almost a million visitors a year. One you've got your fix of the four-footed variety, there will be plenty of time to check out Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker village in the world. Downtown Lexington is a charmer with its galleries, restaurants, historic sights, and shops.

Kentucky Nursing Jobs

Want to celebrate life in Kentucky? We can help you get there! Search these current nursing jobs in the state of Kentucky or contact us now to speak to a recruiter about your travel assignment. 

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