Signs of spring are all around us, so it is time to start planning the perfect Kentucky staycation! Here are five can't miss Kentucky day trips that will leave the whole family happy!
1. Natural Bridge & Red River Gorge
Experience the natural beauty of Kentucky outdoors in Red River Gorge. From hiking, climbing, boating to heart racing zip lines, the Gorge has something for every family member. With paved hikes and deep woods hiking with huge views of mountains of Kentucky, even if you're not an experienced outdoorsman, you can see the great outdoors like a pro. Natural Bridge is one of the largest sandstone arches in America and can easily be accessed via a semi-paved hike to the top or by taking a scenic chairlift! It is a can't miss!
2. Lake Cumberland
A staple destination for lake lovers. Lake Cumberland is one of Kentucky's largest lakes and home to Wolf Creek Dam. During the summer months, people flock to the lake to boat, fish, and swim away the heat! Situated in south central Kentucky it is perfectly in the middle of the state, so it is easy to access and has plenty of activities for the whole family. Even if you don't own a boat, you can rent a cabin, or a house boat and float the weekend away.
3. Mammoth Cave
Go down under. Under Kentucky that is! The largest cave system in the US is right under your feet at Mammoth Cave. Located just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mammoth Cave is literally a cool summer destination that the whole family can enjoy. Guided tours happen daily and will lead you through the caverns highlighting the history of the cave. You can even eat underground!
4. The Bourbon Trail
So, this isn't just one destination, but many! The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is the perfect getaway that can last more than one day. Visit Kentucky's historic bourbon distilleries and learn about the history of Kentucky's native spirit. The best part of the bourbon trail? A little sample here, a little sample there! Learn the distilling process and the characteristics that make up a fine bourbon. By the end of the trail, you'll be a bourbon expert!
5. Land Between the Lakes
With over 170,000 acres of endless fun, the peninsula that makes up Land Between the Lakes is located between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake in western Kentucky. From bison to elk, you can experience some of Kentucky's wildest animals. Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Boating, and even a little ATV action sets LBL as one of Kentucky's great outdoor adventure destinations.