STATEHOOD: 1792; 15th state
ATTRACTIONS: Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory; Mammoth Cave National Park
FUN FACT: Eastern Kentucky is home to so many country-music stars that a stretch of highway was renamed the "Country Music Highway."
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Photo credits: Gaussian Blur, iStockphoto (quarter); FrankvandenBergh, iStockphoto (flag); Steve Byland, Dreamstime (cardinal); Elena Elisseeva, Dreamstime (goldenrod); Rogério Bernardo, Dreamstime (squirrel)
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