A record 11,757 people traveled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to six historical distilleries last year, according to the Kentucky Distillers Association. There were 2,300 more visitors last year than in 2010; visitors came from all 50 states and 16 countries, association officials said.
"People from all corners of the world are pouring into Kentucky to visit our legendary distilleries and to explore the rich history of Kentucky Bourbon," KDA president Eric Gregory said.
Tourists from Kentucky and Ohio led the numbers, with more than 2,000 each.
The trail features six distilleries: Four Roses in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker's Mark in Loretto; Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.