Population: Franklin County- 49,804; Frankfort- 25,583
Distance from Lexington: Frankfort is 25 miles from Lexington
Known for: Kentucky State University, the only historically black college in the state, touts itself as Frankfort's university.
Brief history: Named after Benjamin Franklin, Franklin County was founded in 1786. Frankfort, the state capital, has housed the state government since the Kentucky was founded.
Don't miss: The Frankfort Public Art tour, showcases public art throughout the capital. The tour, which features 20 stops including a house built by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, can be seen walking, driving or even online.