Where Is Lexington? Map Location and Proximity to Neighboring Cities

Aerial panorama of downtown Lexington, KY during early morning sunrise. Local University of Kentucky visible in a distance.
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Written by Telea Dodge

Published: December 1, 2023

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Today, we’ll learn about the second-largest city in the state of Kentucky. Lexington has been on the map for a long time. In fact, the city was founded seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. The city also predates the founding of the nation – Lexington was founded in 1775, one year before the United States claimed its independence as a sovereign nation. Lexington is a famous and important place for a number of reasons, so we’re going to learn more about it and find out its map location. Where is Lexington? Let’s take a closer look at this Kentucky city.

Where Is Lexington on a Map?

Clear Bright Late Summer Day Aerial View Lexington Kentucky

Lexington is the second-most-populated city in the state of Kentucky.

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Lexington is a city in northern-central Kentucky. It is the county seat of Fayette County. It rests at the intersection of two major highways, putting it in a very advantageous position. The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau states that the city is only a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States. Let’s take a look at how this centrally-located city appears on a map.

Now, let’s see how long it takes to get to Lexington from other Kentucky cities and towns. We’ll also look at the travel distances to a couple of major attractions in the state.

Distance From Other Cities

Please note that the travel distances on our tables are based on Google Maps estimates from the time and date of article publication. Your actual travel times may vary based on current traffic, weather, and road conditions. The capital of Kentucky is highlighted in bold in this table.

CityDistanceEstimated Travel Time
Louisville77.9 miles1 hour and 28 minutes
Frankfort25.6 miles45 minutes
Bowling Green161 miles2 hours and 33 minutes
Paducah255 miles3 hours and 55 minutes
Owensboro128 miles2 hours and 12 minutes

Now, we’ll look at Lexington’s distance from popular attractions in the state. Please note that national parks and forests often have multiple entrances. Your travel time to these destinations will vary based on your specific destination.

AttractionDistanceEstimated Travel Time
Mammoth Cave National Park72 miles1 hours and 19 minutes
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park219 miles3 hours and 25 minutes
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory107 miles1 hour and 46 minutes
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park283 miles4 hours and 33 minutes
Daniel Boone National Forest200 miles3 hours

Things to do in Lexington

Historic buildings in downtown Lexington

There is a lot of historic architecture across the city, and especially in the downtown region.

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You don’t have to leave Lexington to have a nice time. There is plenty to see, do, and enjoy when you visit. We’ll list a few notable attractions, but you should also go to the Visitors Center in downtown Lexington to get oriented. The Visitors Center is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. It has a lot of resources for your visit, including a variety of helpful maps and brochures.

Museums

  • The Aviation Museum of Kentucky
  • Headley-Whitney Museum
  • American Saddlebred Museum
  • International Museum of the Horse
  • Lexington History Center
  • Explorium of Lexington
  • University of Kentucky Art Museum
  • Living Arts and Science Center

Parks

  • Shillito Park
  • Woodland Park
  • Jacobson Park
  • Thoroughbred Park
  • Masterson Station Park
  • Triangle Park
  • Kirklevington Park
  • Castlewood Park

Tours

NameType of TourAddress
Distilled ExperiencesGuided distillery tours.3347 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40502
Unique Horse Farm ToursTours based on the history of horses and horse farms in Lexington.1579 Astaire Drive, Lexington, KY 40511
On Tap ToursBourbon distillery tours.169 N Limestone Lexington, KY 40504
Stone Fences ToursMany tours available, including Civil War history tours and distillery tours.3521 Camelot Drive, Lexington, KY 40517
Lexington In TouchA variety of custom tours are available. Examples include horse farm tours, historic downtown tours, and Bourbon Trail tours.681 Beth Ln, Lexington, KY 40503

About Lexington

Lexington, Kentucky downtown fountain with financial business district of the city visible in a distance

Founded in 1775, Lexington is a very historical city.

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From Daniel Boone’s arrival in the area to the present day, Lexington has always been an important part of United States history. It was also very important to North American Indigenous tribes prior to settlers arriving in the area. Let’s look at some general information about the city.

Geography and Climate

Lexington is nestled into the rolling plateaus of Fayette County. This is the heart of the Bluegrass Region in Kentucky, where limestone deposits under the rich soil feed thriving bluegrass. The city is surrounded by miles of sweeping pasturelands that help house the horses the area is so famous for. The city boasts a fairly temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers rarely exceed the upper 80s, while winters are mild and range from 23-54 degrees Fahrenheit on average.

Population and Industry

According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Lexington is 321,793. It is the second-largest city in the state, after Louisville, which boasts a population of 628,594. It is followed in size by Bowling Green, Kentucky, which holds 73,529 residents.

Lexington has a lot of traditional and modern industries, including bourbon distilleries, horses, tobacco, automobiles, and education. Major employers in the area include the University of Kentucky, Lockheed Martin, UPS, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.


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About the Author

Telea Dodge is an animal enthusiast and nature fiend with a particular interest in teaching a sense of community and compassion through interactions with the world at large. Carrying a passion for wild foraging, animal behaviorism, traveling, and music, Telea spends their free time practicing their hobbies while exploring with their companion dog, Spectre.

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