Flights to Frankfort
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, but the small city of Frankfort is the capital of the state. In fact, Frankfort is the 5th smallest state capital in the country. The city of Frankfort is in the northern part of Kentucky, and is split down the middle by the winding Kentucky River.
Flights to Frankfort are served by the Louisville International Airport (airport code: SDF), which is actually in Louisville as Frankfort does not have its own commercial airport. Your journey to Frankfort from South Africa will require indirect flights with one or two stops. Flights to Frankfort from South Africa via one connection are provided by Delta Air Lines who fly with a transfer in Atlanta. Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways and BMI offer travellers flights to Frankfort from South Africa via two stops.
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The Tourist Attractions in Frankfort:
Not usually top of a list of city attractions, the Frankfort Cemetery on East Main Street is the resting place of many historical figures, and is actually one of the city’s more popular places to visit! Most notably the graves of pioneer Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are here. More local historical figures include 17 governors of Kentucky and other politicians. Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice President of the United States is also buried in Frankfort.
There are several historic homes that have been restored and are open to viewing by the public. The Berry Hill Mansion is on Louisville Road, and overlooks the city from a high bluff. It was built in the Georgian Revival style, and is famous for its enormous cathedral organ and Gothic music room. Alternatively visit the Liberty Hall Historic Site. This is a Federalist mansion built for John Brown, first senator of Kentucky. It’s filled with antiques and there are 3 acres of manicured grounds to enjoy. Or for something different, famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home built for Revered Jesse Zeigler in 1910, and it offers yet another style of architecture for viewing.
Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary
Tourists can enjoy a first-hand look at the local birds and wildlife of Frankfurt at the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, operated by the National Audubon Society. Trails run through 374 acres of fields, wooded forests and wetlands where you can see many species of birds, animals and wildflowers. The Sanctuary is on Germany Road, along the banks of the Kentucky River.
Rebecca-Ruth Candy Factory
The Rebecca-Ruth Candy Factory is nearly a hundred years old, and is famous for having invented the perfect bourbon ball! You can tour the factory and see how the candy is made. The tours are open to the public between April and November, and there is a small admission fee. It’s a real working candy factory, and may be unavailable for tours at some of their busiest times such as right before Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Another place to tour a functioning business is the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery. At more than 200 years old, it’s the oldest distillery in the United States. Its name comes from its location on an ancient buffalo migration pathway.
When Should You Visit?:
The winters in Frankfort are fairly mild, with an average temperature for January around -1C (30F). The summers are warm but not excessively hot. July is the warmest month, averaging 24C (75F). This makes Frankfort an ideal place to visit pretty much year-round.