Population: Bourbon County, 19,978; Paris, 8,558
Distance from Lexington: Paris is about 18 miles from downtown Lexington.
Known for: The Kentucky Garden Club has its headquarters at historic Nannine Clay Wallis House and Arboretum. It is also home to Claiborne Farm, the Hancock family's renowned Thoroughbred breeding operation; and Cane Ridge Meeting House, a log structure built in 1791 that is the birthplace of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Brief history: Paris was originally named Hopewell, but the name was changed in 1790 to show appreciation to the French for their support of the United States during the American Revolution.
Don't miss: The Colville bridge was built in 1877 and is one of only 13 covered bridges left in the state. It was renovated after it was damaged by floods in 1997 and is one of only a handful of covered bridges that can be driven through. You'll find it on Colville Road off Ky. 1893.