While gas prices make joyrides a bit more difficult, if you’re looking for a perfect place to take an afternoon walk– or find yourself in need of an alternate route next time you’re commuting– here are a few of Lexington’s most picturesque routes.
Catalpa Road is locally revered for its beautiful foliage in the fall, thanks to the towering ginkgo trees that line the street and decorate it with all shades of orange. Its proximity to the Henry Clay Estate means that, appropriately, Catalpa Road is near the Ginkgo Tree Cafe. Though driving through the area is already well worth it, taking a leisurely stroll down the street during the brief period when the leaves turn makes for a uniquely tranquil experience. You’re also nearby other scenic areas downtown like Chevy Chase if you want to stop and get a bite to eat while you’re enjoying the fall weather.
Old Frankfort Pike
According to Anne Henley Walker of StyleBlueprint, a drive down Old Frankfort Pike is one everyone should take. And Walker is right– between the expansive meadows, plentiful trees, and numerous horse farms, Old Frankfort Pike is one Central Kentucky country byway you won’t want to miss. Plus, you’ll find yourself close by a number of local restaurants and bakeries you won’t find anywhere else. It’s the perfect route for rolling your windows down and feeling the breeze (or pointing and yelling “Cow!” to your fellow passengers.)
Okay, so this might be cheating– of course, the street cutting directly through Lexington’s bustling, colorful downtown area is going to be scenic. Make your way through it at night, though, and the warm glow of city lights (coupled with the absence of midday traffic!) is nothing to scoff at. Catch it in the winter and you’re liable to see the trees decorated with stringed lights along with towering Christmas trees. Plus, take a turn on just about any street and you’ll get an eyeful of downtown’s elaborate murals and historic architecture.
Chinoe Road has been dubbed by some as the easiest street on the eyes in all of Lexington– and it’s not difficult to see why. In the spring you’ll see enormous trees and bright green foliage of all sorts; in the fall, you’ll get your fill of yellows, oranges, and reds. Match this with the beautiful and historic homes that can be found in the area, and you have a sight fit for a postcard.
While Versailles Road covers a lot of territory, if you take it out into the countryside, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to see some horse farms, plenty of green, and The Kentucky Castle. Even just passing by the Castle is quite the site, although if you so choose, you can book a room there and have ‘I slept inside a castle’ bragging rights.