Kentucky Tourism


The Bluegrass State was admitted to the Union 225 years ago in June of 1792. It was the fifteenth state in the United States and was much smaller then—it would annex more territory in 1818 to become the Kentucky we know today. Through these years, the innovation, creativity and steadfastness of generations of Kentuckians have developed our Commonwealth into the vibrant and prosperous place to live that it is today.

2017 is the official 225th anniversary of statehood for The Bluegrass State and we invite you to join us in a year-long celebration of our history, natural beauty and rich traditions that make us proud to call this state home.

Throughout this site, you’ll find historical facts of interest, information about the KY 225 Commission, and a number of events around the state that you can add to your travel plans for this year.