Kentucky February 01, 2017
15 Incredible Trips In Kentucky That Are So Worth Taking
No need to break the bank or endure a long plane ride to experience an awesome trip. In Kentucky, we’re lucky enough to have places right here in our own state that make for fun and memorable trips, no matter your age or interests. Check out these 15 incredible trips you can take in Kentucky:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Take a train ride through the Kentucky countryside.
We don't have hardly any passenger trains for commuting in Kentucky, so there's a certain novelty about taking a train trip. We have a few options for fun day trips you can take via train, including My Old Kentucky Dinner Train (located in Bardstown), which feeds you a gourmet meal on an excursion through the beautiful countryside, or the Big South Fork Scenic Railway (located in Stearns), which takes you deep into the gorge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation area.
For more information on both of these train rides, as well as a few other options, click
2. Ride this chairlift up for a breathtaking view.
This amazing chairlift will open for the season again in April, but it absolutely must go on your bucket list. Located in Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade, this chairlift will take you to the top of Natural Bridge. Soak in the stunning views of the surrounding valleys, and explore the hiking trails at the top.
For more information, click
3. Descend into the longest cave system known in the world.
This stunning subterranean wonder is located in Mammoth Cave National Park. There is no shortage of amazing outdoor activities to do here. If caves aren't your thing and you prefer to stay above ground, you're in luck! They have 84 miles of hiking trails for people of various skill levels, tons of spots for camping, and two rivers to enjoy.
For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park, click
4. Speaking of caves, paddle through the only underground boat tour in the state.
Lost River Cave, located in Bowling Green, is known as the "shortest, deepest river in the world." The river is only 400 feet long, but is 437 feet deep. In the summer, they offer boat tours of the cave.
To find out more about Lost River Cave, click
5. Behold the beauty of the "Niagra of the South."
Cumberland Falls is located in Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin. This huge waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in the state, and is something that every Kentuckian should see at least once. Cumberland Falls is the only place in the western hemisphere where a moonbow occurs, which means light from a full moon is refracted off of the water of the falls, creating a rainbow in the middle of the night. The only other place in the world where a moonbow regularly occurs is Victoria Falls in Africa. There are other magnificent waterfalls in this state park as well, such as Eagle Falls and Dog Slaughter Falls.
For more information on Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, click
6. Take a mental break at this secluded resort.
Cliffview Resort is a secluded place to relax and unwind in the Red River Gorge area. It makes a great place to simply take an affordable vacation, or host a special event like a wedding or birthday party here for an unforgettable experience for you and your guest. You can even go zip lining right on the property, or make this your home base after a tiring day of exploring the Red River Gorge.
To find out more about Cliffview Resort, including what amenities and services they offer, click
7. Visit the "most beautiful small town in America."
Bardstown is known as the most beautiful small town in America, and makes the perfect day trip. It's located right in the heart of bourbon country, so visit one of the many distilleries in the area. You can also go for a hike in the beautiful Bernheim Forest, ride the Old Kentucky Dinner Train, or simply just explore this quaint and historic town. Visit the Old Bardstown Village (pictured above) to learn about what life was like 150-200 years ago, or enjoy a meal at the Old Talbott Tavern, which is the oldest bourbon bar in America, and the oldest restaurant in the state.
For more ideas of things to do in Bardstown, click
8. Interact with Australian animals.
When people think about animals in Kentucky, they probably think about horses, not kangaroos. However, at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, you can get up close and personal with a variety of different animals. Pet kangaroos, milk a cow, or even hold a snake at this unique zoo in Horse Cave.
To find out what else you can do at Kentucky Down Under, click
9. Take a dip in some of the bluest water you'll find in the state.
Falling Rock Park, also known as the La Grange Quarry, or just simply, "the Quarry," is a beautiful place for a summer day trip. This pristine swimming hole is located in an old rock quarry. You must be at least 18 years old to visit Falling Rock Park, and you must have a flotation device with you. You'll definitely want to spend a few hot summer days relaxing here.
Read more about Falling Rock Park
10. Get cozy at this relaxing bed and breakfast.
Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast, located in Irvine, just might be the coziest bed and breakfast in the state. No matter what time of year it is, a weekend spent here will relax and rejuvenate you. It is located on a beautiful farm in the foothills of the mountains, and the meals are prepared using mostly fresh produce that was grown right there on the farm.
If you're interested in learning more about Snug Hollow Farm, click
11. Take one of the most beautiful hikes in the state.
It's no secret that the Red River Gorge is one of the best places in the state to go hiking. However, if you want to complete what just might be the most beautiful hike in the state, try the Auxier Ridge Loop. What makes this hike so great is that you'll experience all the different types of scenery the Gorge has to offer. During parts of it, you'll be standing on top of a scenic vista, with panoramic views of the surrounding valley. There are interesting rock formations visible, such as Courthouse Rock, Double Arch, and Haystock Rock. Part of the hike also traverses through a lush, green forest, with a stream trickling along next to you.
To read more details about this magnificent hike, click
12. Go back in time at this old village.
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky's oldest town. This historic village was built by Shakers in the 1800s, but now it is a 3,000-acre preserve full of history. Out of the 260 structures that once stood at Pleasant Hill, only 34 now remain. However, you can tour these structures and even watch demonstrations to get a better feel for how the Shakers lived their lives.
If you're interested in visiting Shaker Village, click
13. Visit this charming town surrounded by lakes.
If you're looking for a town in Kentucky to make a summer destination spot, you have to check out Grand Rivers. This charming town is located right near Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, making it a great place to take your boat out, swim, and fish. It's also a short drive to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, so there's also great hiking and camping in the area.
To read more about what Grand Rivers has to offer, click
14. Relax on a beach (yes, they DO exist in Kentucky!)
You may think you have to go to a coastal state to enjoy relaxing on the beach in the summer. Actually, you only have to drive to Green River Lake. This gorgeous lake has a beach that you can even camp on.
For more information on Green River Lake, click
15. Play and camp at this unique campground.
Fall Campground in Louisa has a wide variety of campgrounds, making the perfect place for summer memories. The Falls of Blaine Creek are the main attraction at this campground. They form a natural waterslide and an excellent swimming hole pools at its base. To learn more about Falls Campground, click
Does anyone have trips to any of these places planned for this year?