They don't call this the Horse Capital of the World for nothing: Just moments outside Lexington's bustling downtown, you'll be surrounded by miles of white-fenced and emerald-green horse farms, producing some of horse racing's top thoroughbreds—and plenty of local entertainment. But residents, who are just as likely to be beer-drinking college basketball fans as julep-swigging Derby lovers, say this is one of those rare southern towns that offers four distinct seasons, and the relaxed graciousness of the Old South. In the heart of bluegrass music country, Lexington also boasts rich African American roots, an impressive history—Mary Todd Lincoln was born here, husband Abe about 80 miles to the southwest—and distilleries that produce some of the world's best bourbon.
- Vibe: A cool combo of bourbon, bluegrass, history, and horses
- Population: 279,044
- Median housing price: $143,080
- Average number of sunny days: 188