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Introduction

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Lexington is the second biggest city in the US state of Kentucky, with around 300,000 inhabitants in the city and about 450,000 in the total metropolitan area.

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Events and Festivals

  • Keeneland - Keeneland includes the Keeneland Racecourse, a Thoroughbred horse racing facility, and a sales complex, both in Lexington. Address: 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 40510, Phone: (859) 254-3412
  • Rupp Arena - Home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. This 23,000 seat arena houses concerts, family shows and everything inbetween. Address: 430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 233-4567
  • Commonwealth Stadium - Commonwealth Stadium is the name of a stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. This stadium, named for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is located on the campus of the University of Kentucky. Address: 1540 University Dr, Lexington, KY 40502, Phone: (859) 257-9000
  • Whitaker Bank Ballpark - Whitaker Bank Ballpark is a stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. It is primarily used for baseball, and is the home field of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team. It was built in 2001. It holds 6,994 people. Address: 207 Legends Ln, Lexington, KY 40505, Phone: (859) 252-4487

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Getting There

By Plane

Blue Grass Airport (LEX) - 4000 Terminal Dr, Lexington, KY 40510, (859) 425-3100

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

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Eat

  • Atomic Cafe - This Caribbean Restaurant and Bar sports bright interior murals, rythmic Caribbean music, and wonderful Caribbean cuisine . Address: 265 N Limestone St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 254-1969, Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday 4:00pm - 12:00am Wednesday 4:00pm - 12:00am Thursday 4:00pm – 12:00am Friday 4:00pm – 12:00am Saturday 4:00pm – 12:00am Sunday Closed
  • Bellini's - Bellini's brings fine Italian dinning to the heart of the bluegrass, horse, basketball and Bourbon country. Address: 115 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 388-9583
  • Cheapside Bar & Grill - Cheapside Bar & Grill. Heads up! YUP. Also, whatever the weather, we're good. Address: Cheapside St, Lexington, KY 40507, Phone: (859) 254-0046
  • Malone's - Lexington's finest restaurants: Malone's, Sal's, Aqua, and Drake's. Address: 1920 Pleasant Ridge Dr, Lexington, KY 40509, Phone: (859) 264-8023
  • Oasis Mediterranean Restaurant - "There is no sincerer love than the love of food"
  • [listing name=Joe Bologna's Restaurant & Pizzeria, Inc type=eat address=120 W Maxwell St, Lexington, KY 40508 url=www.joebolognas.com/‎ phone=(859) 252-4933]Italian Pizzeria & Restaurant – Since 1973, a Lexington, Kentucky Favorite Address: 837 Chevy Chase Pl, Lexington, KY 40502, Phone: 859) 269-6440

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Learn

  • Southland Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky - Southland Christian Church is an evangelical Christian church whose first campus is located in an unincorporated area of Jessamine County, Kentucky, which is just outside Lexington, Kentucky, United States. 5001 Harrodsburg Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356, (859) 224-1600.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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