Even before I left my home in Ohio, moved to Louisville for school, and then moved to Owensboro for Brian, Kentucky was a part of my life. Both of my parents have roots in Kentucky and so my childhood is full of happy Kentucky road trip memories.
There are still many places left for me to explore, but here are 10 amazing Kentucky road trip destinations that you need to visit! I have been to all of these places and I know that you will love them!
Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world. Not just in Kentucky, but in the world. So yeah, it deserves a place on this list. You can read about my latest trip to Mammoth Cave here.
Yahoo Falls. McCreary County, Kentucky.
Yahoo Falls is a smaller waterfall but it is absolutely beautiful. Water falls 113 feet at this magnificent site. But the real reason to visit Yahoo Falls is the history behind it. In 1810 a group of Cherokee children led by Cornblossom, daughter of Chief Doublehead, were massacred at this waterfall. These were my ancestors. Yahoo Falls is definitely worth visiting.
Short Creek. Somerset, Kentucky.
Few people have had the privilege of visiting Short Creek because it’s not well known. Like the name suggests, this is the shortest creek in the world. The water flows out of a cave for about 200 feet before returning to another cave. The water is always very cold and when the water level is down you can explore the cave. It’s an absolutely wonderful place to jump in and cool off. If you are ever in Somerset you must visit this spot!
I don’t have a picture of Short Creek to share with you but as soon as I do I will upload it. Until then you may enjoy this article from a fellow Kentucky blogger.
Cumberland Falls. Corbin, Kentucky.
Whenever I think of Cumberland falls I think drama. This waterfall is powerful. However the real attraction is the Moonbow, a rainbow that appears at night during a full moon. This is the only place in the world where you can see a moonbow! Have I convinced you to visit Kentucky yet?
Red River Gorge. Stanton, Kentucky.
Red River Gorge is absolutely breathtaking. It really is amazing! Red River Gorge is full of natural bridges made out of rock over time. It’s still hard for me to believe that this place is in Kentucky.
The Mega Caverns. Louisville, Kentucky.
I actually lived in Louisville for quite a while before I found out that the city is sitting on top of a giant cave. You can drive a car, or even a semi, right into the cavern. The cavern is home to zip-lines, a Christmas light display, storage, a BMX bike park, and reception areas that you can rent. All of this is under Louisville. Unbelievable. Once again you have to see it to believe it.
Moonlight BBQ. Owensboro, Kentucky.
How could I write about Kentucky without sharing Owensboro’s own claim to fame: Moonlight BBQ. Owensboro is home to some of the best BBQ in the world and Moonlight is the king. I’ve been there many times and trust me, it’s worth your time to eat here! -And if your stomach can handle it walk next door to The Dipper for dessert!
Patti’s 1880 Settlement. Grand Rivers, Kentucky.
I still have a lot of exploring to do in Western Kentucky but one place that I have visited and fell instantly in love with is Patti’s Place. This traditional family restaurant serves bread baked in clay flower pots and pies with 8 inch high meringue. After supper you can explore the surrounding shops or walk down to Kentucky Lake for an unforgettable view. I’m already dreaming of my next trip to Patti’s Place!
Mill Springs Mill. Monticello, Kentucky.
Here is another memory from my childhood. Mill Springs Mill is a grist mill that still operates for educational purposes. If you visit at the right time you can see the Mill in action. You can also view the beautiful Cumberland Lake and visit nearby Civil War Battlegrounds.
Newport on the Levee. Newport, Kentucky.
Newport is what is on the other side of the Ohio River, across from Cincinnati. The Newport Aquarium is definitely worthy of a mention, as well as the Ride the Ducks Attraction. Newport is home to an upscale mall, restaurants, movie theater, and the Purple People Bridge which allows you to walk across the river to Cincinnati.
Kentucky is home to some of the most unique and interesting places in the United States. It’s rolling hills and bubbling creeks make it a nature lover’s playground and I know that I am blessed to call this state my home. The possibilities are endless and I cannot wait to get out and see what else is here for me to discover.
Of all the destinations above, which is the most interesting to you?