Kentucky is known for the optimistic and engaging nature of its residents. This starts with Daniel Boone and other early explorers, who ventured into the impassable wilderness at the Cumberland Gap for the first time, and extends to today’s visitor offers around the underground caves in Mammoth Cave National Park. The special character of the locals can be seen in the jockeys who drive their majestic thoroughbreds to victory at the legendary Kentucky Derby with irrepressible energy. It can be seen in the traditional distilleries that burn 95% of the bourbon produced worldwide, or in the creative chefs who experiment with traditional dishes from the regional cuisine. And it is reflected in the artists who are inspired by the dreamlike nature of the “bluegrass state”.