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Old 10-13-2019, 02:37 AM
 
Location: AL
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Warm greetings to all in this forum! I just visited your state for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For context, I'm currently on fall break from college in AL, so my family and I drove up to stay in southeast TN with friends over the weekend. We took a trip up to Kentucky on Friday, staying the night in Richmond and going to the Ark Encounter around Williamstown on Saturday. I was amazed with the scenery on the ride and we had pleasant experiences everywhere we stopped. Just thought I would stop by while it was on my mind, and I look forward to visiting again soon!

(Also, if anyone has recommendations of more cool things to do or places to visit, I would love to hear them to plan ahead for next time. There may be potential to be back up in mid December, early January, mid March, or next summer!)
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:12 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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There's enough to see in Kentucky to keep you busy for several visits. You can go from the quilt museum in Paducah , to the lakes and the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area , to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and Mammoth Cave explore-parks/mammoth-cave-national-park, all the way to the horse racing in Louisville and Lexington, to Carter Caves in eastern Kentucky, you'll stay busy. If you check out this web site https://www.kentuckytourism.com/get-...isitors-guide/ click on the "regions" icon in the upper left corner to see what you can see in each region.

https://quiltmuseum.org/
https://www.kentuckylake.com/
https://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/
https://www.corvettemuseum.org/
https://www.nationalparks.org/
https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/carter-caves/
https://www.kentuckytourism.com/get-...isitors-guide/
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:49 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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75 corridor
Newport Aquarium
KY Horse Park
Henry Clay or Mary Todd Lincoln house
Cumberland Falls

I-65 corridor
Slugger museum, Ali center
Bernheim forest
Lincoln birthplace
Mammoth Cave
Corvette museum
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:21 PM
 
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Check out the "Southern Lights" drive-through evening holiday exhibit at the Kentucky Horse Park, just north of Lexington off I-75. It starts after Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas. The park's wonderful Museum of the Horse and other attractions will also be open. Great gift shop - good for Christmas shopping.

Both Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, and the Mary Todd Lincoln house will be beautifully decorated for Christmas during this same time - both are in Lexington, about two miles apart on Main Street/Richmond Road.

Boonesboro State Park includes a reconstructed pioneer fort, with craft demonstrations and other attractions, similar to Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg. Shakertown at Pleasant Hill is close to Harrodsburg - it's a restored early 19th century Shaker village, with excellent dining in the Trustrees' House. Great gift shop here, too.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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Just saw that you're considering early January for a visit. While you'd be welcome any time by the locals, many museums and other Kentucky attractions are closed in January - museum homes do heavy cleaning and restoration then, and the weather is usually not ideal for Kentucky tourism (time to hunker down, recover from the sometimes-hectic holidays, and dream of spring and summer plans). State parks remain open, but hours may be limited.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:30 PM
 
Location: AL
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Just saw that you're considering early January for a visit. While you'd be welcome any time by the locals, many museums and other Kentucky attractions are closed in January - museum homes do heavy cleaning and restoration then, and the weather is usually not ideal for Kentucky tourism (time to hunker down, recover from the sometimes-hectic holidays, and dream of spring and summer plans). State parks remain open, but hours may be limited.
Thanks for bringing that up, I didn't even think about it. January is unlikely anyways, but March is definitely an option.

Thank you everyone so far for your recommendations!
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Old 11-14-2019, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Hey that is good to hear, Almost everyone has covered the places here.
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