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Go back in time as you tour the Adsmore House, narrated by Victorian-costumed guides. You will learn about a 1905 wake, a 1907 wedding, the Black Patch tobacco war, and a 1901 Victorian Christmas and more.

Follow a Kentucky Barn Quilt trail to see two iconic traditions - quilts and barns! They are located across the state but this one in Calloway County has 40 different locations to enjoy.

View the largest and most spectacular display of fluorite crystal in the world at the Ben E. Clements Mineral Museum

Step back into music history at the beautifully restored boyhood home of Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music." Imagine the musician's life with his family high on wooded Jerusalem Ridge. Guided tours are given, often by those who knew Bill or members of his family. Located 6 miles east of Beaver Dam.

Attend a bluegrass concert (Kentucky’s official state music), such as ROMP Fest, which feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts

Take your picture next to the big anchor at Columbus Belmont State Park, a National Scenic Byway and National Trail of Tears Site. It is also on the Civil War Heritage Trail.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park  and Kenlake State Resort Park offer guided Eagle Watch weekends where you can spot this majestic national bird. Tours are conducted by van and aboard the CQ Princess yacht, with wildlife guides. 

Considered by many to be the greatest psychic of the 20th Century, Edgar Cayce was born on March 18, 1877 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. You can visit many of the landmarks that inspired Edgar Cayce in his formative years, from early schoolhouses to the church in which he confessed faith in Christ, gain a new perspective on "The Sleeping Prophet" by seeing the environment in which he lived.

Visit the Everly Brothers monument, a tribute to these two musical brothers and native Kentuckians whose harmonic talents are still as popular today as they were in years past.

St. Jerome Catholic Church hosts a church picnic the first Saturday of August every year.  But this is no ordinary church picnic.  People come from all over the world to eat BBQ pork and mutton, to play games for prizes, to meet with their friends, to take a chance on a new vehicle, and to listen to some of the most heated political rhetoric that is available in the world today.  Local, regional, state and national politicians flock to Fancy Farm in order to experience the stump-speech type of politics that only exists in small communities such as this.  It's a once in a life-time trip that you'll want to take year after year.


Visit the Fort Jefferson Cross at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

Hotel Metropolitan provides a window into African American history and the stars who stayed here during segregation. This restored 1908 historic hotel has been transformed into an African-American heritage museum.  The hotel hosted famous African-American sports figures and entertainers, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and B.B. King, prior to desegregation. 

Visit the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the only bluegrass music museum in the world dedicated to the international history of this amazing high lonesome music.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808.  The monument is a 351-foot obelisk constructed on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone. An elevator takes visitors to the top for a bird's eye view of the countryside. A museum on the grounds provides visitors with a bit of insight into this leader's fascinating life. 


See original Audubon artwork in the museum at John James Audubon State Park and learn more about his amazing work in the study of birds including our state bird, the Northern Cardinal.

Visit the largest motorcycle rally in Kentucky's "Sturgis". 

Tour this beautiful National Scenic Byway as it traversed these far western counties and tells the story of the mighty Mississippi and Ohio rivers, weaving through gorgeous farmland and small towns.


Explore the Land Between The Lakes and rediscover the simple pleasures of playing in the outdoors in170,000 acres of wildlife, history and outdoor recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. 

Learn how to sail at Lighthouse Landing Sailing School. A qualified instructor will show you the basics of sail and boat handling.

Scout out the some of the best high school basketball talent at Marshall County Hoop Fest

This peaceful setting on the shores of Lake Barkley is historically linked to the author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The property was once the farm of Willis B. Machen, grandfather of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald. It’s not hard to imagine the serene, Gatsby-style era from this park, with idyllic days of playing golf and cruising the lake.


Have barbecue at Moonlite Bar-b-q in Owensboro, which was voted Best Barbecue In Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly and Kentucky Living Readers and is located on the Kentucky Barbeque Trail.

Discover western Kentucky's moonshine legacy as you tour antique and working whiskey stills in the Moonshine Museum. Sample local flavors including Quilter's Special (peach), Sweet Apple Shine, Lemonade and Strawberry.

See the 50-plus life-sized murals to understand how the rivers have shaped Paducah's culture.

Bring your appetite for 2" pork chops, mile-high meringue pies and so much more at the award-winning Patti's 1880s Settlement restaurant.

Meet Quilt Man in Paducah during the National Quilt Week,when international and domestic quilters converge to celebrate the most exquisite quilts being created today. There are also contest quilts, special exhibitions and workshops.

Over 10,000 acres primarily located in Henderson County and split into multiple units, Sloughs Wildlife Management Area is one of the most popular WMAs in western Kentucky. Attracting thousands of Geese and ducks each year, it is easy to see why it has become so popular among waterfowl hunters. There are observation platforms on the large refuge at Sloughs that are open seasonally to allow people to observe the plentiful wildlife that gather there.

Watch the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Western Kentucky, which will have great viewing opportunities for this rare astronomical event.

Located along the Ohio River between Hawesville and Lewisport is the Squire Samuel Pate House, built of hewn logs in 1822.  In the spring of 1827 Abraham Lincoln was tried for operating a ferry across the Ohio River without a license. The case - "The Commonwealth of Kentucky vs. Abraham Lincoln" - was tried in the east room of the log house before Squire Pate, the presiding Justice of the Peace for the County. After a short trial, the warrant against the young Lincoln was dismissed as the future president won his first law case.

Visit Dawson Springs and watch the Tradewater Amateur Baseball team play ball. 

Follow the Trail of Tears thru Kentucky with significant stops in Princeton, Hopkinsville and Mantle Rock.

Learn about some of the lesser known yet very important Civil war sites by taking this Webster County driving tour of Civil War sites, including the battles of Slaughtersville, Burnt Mill and Dixon, and the Burning of the Dixon Jail.


Explore Kentucky's pre-history at Wickliffe Mounds where a  Native American village once stood, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, people of the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Today, this Native American Indian archaeological site features mounds surrounded by abundant wildlife, museum exhibits, a walking trail, welcome center, a gift shop and picnic areas.

The collection traces the history of transportation with a buggy, wagons, early horse-drawn vehicles, gas pumps from the 1930s and ‘40s, a 1927 Chevrolet Pumper antique fire truck – Hopkinsville Fire Engine No. 1, a 1928 La France Firetruck, and classic cars.


See the "Strange procession that never moves" at  the Wooldridge monuments.  Henry G. Wooldridge, a horse trader who moved to Mayfield around 1840 chose to commemorate his family, pets and himself with life-sized statues grouped around his tomb. His tomb and a memorial shaft of the Wooldridge family complete the unusual grouping of monuments on the cemetery lot.