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Lexington is surrounded by many beautiful cities including the Kentucky state capitol--Frankfort, historic and quaint Midway, Harrodsburg--home of Shaker Village (the Nation's largest restored Shaker site) and Fort Harrod, Georgetown (where you can tour the Toyota plant), Berea (a fantastic arts and crafts town) and many more.
Several bourbon distilleries (Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses and Wild Turkey) are within driving distance of Lexington and most offer free tours (Woodford Reserve charges a nominal fee). More info can be found at www.bourbontrail.com and www.kybourbontrail.com.
Another good daytrip option for those who like the outdoors and hiking is the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge. It is a little over an hour's drive from Lexington on the Mountain Parkway in Slade, Kentucky.