Travel Kentucky

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Let’s head out to Bluegrass, Blues, and BBQ in the western part of the state.
Go to page 106 in the Visitor’s Guide to start planning
 
First, we will stop in beautiful Owensboro and visit the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum along the river. Such a beautiful building with a wealth of information.
 
Take a walk around downtown Owensboro after the museum. Such a beautiful and thriving downtown area! And then grab you some Moonlite BBQ!!! It is one of the more well-known Western Kentucky BBQ spots: https://www.moonlite.com/
 
Not enough Bluegrass music yet? Stop in the Rosine Barn Jamboree and hit the floor clogging!
 
Need a little outdoor fun and fresh air. Then head to John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY.
 
Take your binoculars because it is a birdwatcher’s paradise!
And Kentucky’s first trail town was Dawson Springs. So much outdoor adventure for the family!
 
Also, visit many of the wineries and breweries in the region. Here’s a couple to get you started:


Going down under this week to Caves, Lakes and Corvettes region. Go to page 80 in the Visitor’s Guide to get started!
CLICK the link to download the Visitor’s Guide PDF:
http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

Mammoth Cave National Park is a must-see. It is a national treasure and we are lucky to have it in our state.
https://www.facebook.com/MammothCaveNPS/

https://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

https://www.nationalparks.org/ex…/mammoth-cave-national-park

Another day under experience awaits you at the National Corvette Museum. The cars and history are beautiful and awesome, but that cave-in that occurred in 2014 is a sight to behold.
https://www.corvettemuseum.org/

And don’t miss Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, with all animals Australian!
https://www.kentuckydownunder.com/

If going underground isn’t your thing, then stay on top and visit some water in one of our beautiful KY parks: https://parks.ky.gov/…/…/barren-river-lake-state-resort-park

Check out the town of Glasgow, which is home to the Glasgow Highland Games each June. Pretty Scottish!
https://visitglasgowbarrenky.com/

 

Posted July 28th:
Onward to the Bourbon, Horses, and History region! Go to page 114 in the Visitor’s Guide to get started! CLICK the link to download the Visitor’s Guide PDF: http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

The must-see is My Old Kentucky Home and beautiful Bardstown. It is one of our treasures!
https://www.visitbardstown.com/

While in this region, let’s talk about the booming business of bourbon in our state:
https://kybourbontrail.com/

The bourbon trail and experience actually reach outside of this region but Bardstown and this area the starting point!

And if bourbon isn’t your thing, how about wineries!!!
http://www.kentuckywine.com/

This also includes many outside of this region that you will want to visit.

Now for another treasure. The beautiful Bernheim Forest near Shepherdsville. While there check out the forest giant sculptures. So amazing!
https://bernheim.org/

And lastly, some more of our beautiful Kentucky State Parks:
https://parks.ky.gov/…/re…/rough-river-dam-state-resort-park

https://parks.ky.gov/…/recreat…/taylorsville-lake-state-park

 

 

Posted July 21st:
It’s Week 5 in our Travel the Regions of KY and we are heading to Daniel Boone Country! Go to page 55 in the Visitor’s Guide to start planning (CLICK THE LINK to download the PDF Visitor’s Guide) http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

We are going to start out with the best and brightest: Red River Gorge!!!!!! http://www.redrivergorge.com/

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dbnf/recarea/?recid=39458
(excellent downloadable maps, etc)

There is so much we can’t list it all: hiking, camping, rock climbing, horse riding, zip lining, mountain biking, swimming, sky lift, miniature golf, music, crafts, more….more….more

But we will highlight two food venues that have become as famous as the Gorge:
https://www.miguelspizza.com/
https://redriverrockhouse.com/

Now moving down toward the Cumberland Gap, check out beautiful Pine Mountain:
https://parks.ky.gov/…/reso…/pine-mountain-state-resort-park

And Cumberland Falls and the beautiful moonbow (check to see if public viewing is available):
https://parks.ky.gov/…/r…/cumberland-falls-state-resort-park

And last, but not least, is music! Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is Ky’s Country Music Capital:
https://www.facebook.com/renfrovalleyentertainment/
(watch their FB for when they can open again due to COVID19)

 

 

Posted July 14th:
We are moving up north this week to the Northern Kentucky River region. Go to page 157 in the Visitor’s Guide to start planning this adventure!
http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

The Covington/Newport area is well known and many visit the normal sights and sounds. I will highlight one area to check out:

https://www.facebook.com/MainStrasseVillage/

https://www.meetnky.com/…/nky-neighbor…/mainstrasse-village/

Other towns in this region are so quaint and so much history!

Augusta and Maysville both are tied into Rosemary Clooney’s history and have so much to offer.

Check out their sites:
https://www.augustaky.com/

Make sure to ride the ferry!
http://www.cityofmaysville.com/…/2020-Maysville-Visitors-Gu…

And while you are in the area, visit Old Washington. Take a walking tour and stop at Lil Jumbo’s (my fav!)
http://www.washingtonky.com/

http://www.cityofmaysville.com/old-washington-historic-dis…/

https://www.facebook.com/LilJumbo/

So much more! This area is not just about Cincinnati!

 

 

Posted July 7th:
Now we will head to the south of our beautiful state. Southern Shorelands Region!
Go to page 66 in the Visitor’s Guide to start planning this adventure http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

Lots of lakes! Here are a few:

Dale Hollow Lake
https://dalehollow.com/

Lake Cumberland
https://lctourism.com/

Green River Lake
https://campbellsvilleky.com/

Another neat thing about this region is the abundance of Trail Towns. Here is a beautiful guide to all of the Trail Towns in Kentucky: https://www.kentuckytourism.com/…/kdt_trail_towns_v10_sprea…

The towns in this region are Stearns, Jamestown, Columbia, and Campbellsville.Make sure to keep this guide handy for when you travel to all the regions so you don’t miss a trail town!

 


Stay inspired and plan for your next vacation or weekend getaway when it’s safe… we are back this week with a different region. If you go to the online version of the Kentucky Tourism Visitor’s Guide:
http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

PART ONE: Let’s head to the opposite end of the state this week! Go to page 90 for the Western Waterlands Region. Lots of info there, but here are some other great links:

Paducah is the home of the QuiltWeek every April, but this year was canceled due to the virus. So it is with excitement that the museum has been able to reopen and with a wonderful exhibit OURstory. https://quiltmuseum.org/

Beautiful. Just beautiful!
https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/…/confluence-of-ohio-and-…

Mississippi and Ohio River Confluence
http://www.stateparks.com/fort_defiance.html

Two bridges….three states…in just a few minutes (also lots of water!)

PART TWO:

Now we will head to the south of our beautiful state. Southern Shorelands Region! Go to page 66 in the Visitor’s Guide to start planning this adventure
http://digital.milespartnership.com/publication/?i=641743

Lots of lakes! Here are a few:

Dale Hollow Lake
https://dalehollow.com/

Lake Cumberland
https://lctourism.com/

Green River Lake
https://campbellsvilleky.com/

Another neat thing about this region is the abundance of Trail Towns. Here is a beautiful guide to all of the Trail Towns in Kentucky:

https://www.kentuckytourism.com/…/kdt_trail_towns_v10_sprea…

The towns in this region are Stearns, Jamestown, Columbia, and Campbellsville.

Make sure to keep this guide handy for when you travel to all the regions so you don’t miss a trail town!

 


Stay Inspired!
For this week we are sharing some travels around the world.
Whatever your hobby there are virtual activities out there for you to do while Healthy at Home! Some activities are starting to open back up… Stay healthy and safe out there!

Gardening/Flowers:

https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=8-blooming-botanical-gardens-to-explore-virtually&fbclid=IwAR3n–ZVmggnumQCH_MGk31GBscFMpUBlFeYf5_8J_6vWyViH2w3VJ1FGXI

Birdwatching:

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanBirdConserve/

 

 


Whatever your hobby there are virtual activities out there for you to do while Healthy at Home! Some activities are starting to open back up……stay healthy and safe out there!

Take a virtual hike!
https://www.travelandleisure.com/…/virtual-walking-trails-a…

Rock Climbing/Kayaking/Canoeing/Zip line/Backpacking (you name it!) – Quick plug for Explore KY Initiative-this is their YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCorjOG18TXlYtmm8_wu9TRQ

 

 


Rain, rain, go away… It’s rainy and wet out today but as the weather improves and you do get out in the back yard, here are some planned activities to keep the kiddos occupied and learning. Click this link to visit the NEEF website for creative backyard activities: http://ow.ly/Wd4450zKvWy

Click this link to visit the Park Trust website for Buddy Bison’s Backyard Bingo, National Park Service coloring sheets for rainy days and an impressive set of national marine sanctuary virtual dives from around the globe.
http://ow.ly/AR8Y50zKvWw

 

 


Stay Inspired! For this week we are sharing some travels around the world.
Are the kids driving you crazy and are you driving the kids crazy? If you can’t get outside and enjoy nature, here are some activities for them to do inside.

Virtual Field Trips: https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/…

 

 

Stay Inspired! For this week we will be highlighting food and music for travel inspiration. Sometimes your travels just have to center around food. Here are some awesome video highlights with chef Adam Glick on the Kentucky Tourism website to get your mouth watering and your vacation plans brewing! https://www.kentuckytourism.com/…/p…/stoked-with-adam-glick/

Or center your travels around all the awesome musical talent we have in Kentucky! From country to bluegrass to gospel, check out the talent and the places to travel in Kentucky once our quarantine is over.
https://www.kentuckytourism.com/…/photos-vid…/sound-travels/

 

 

Are the fish calling your name? Will they wait? Here are some places to plan for your future fishing trip.
http://ow.ly/989z50zjohK
http://ow.ly/TcXY50zjohL
Because we cannot leave Cave Run Lake out! And this site has many other ideas for outside activities while at Cave Run Lake for the day!

 

 

Ready to Get Out and Go, But Can’t? Start Planning for When You Can! Visit Kentucky Tourism to get some inspiration from other folks’ photos and to order a Kentucky travel brochure today! http://ow.ly/9LGg50za4kS

And stay in that section for even more inspiration!
http://ow.ly/ZAtK50za4kU
http://ow.ly/iiur50za4kT

In the meantime, if you need to get out and stretch your legs and entertain your brain, keep in mind that some areas are closed right now. Here are a few sites for you to check each day for the most up-to-date information: http://ow.ly/ohCo50za4kR

http://ow.ly/nSxU50za4kV for the latest COVID-19 Information.