The Midland tour takes you west to east across the center of Kentucky. You'll begin at Land Between the Lakes, a World Biosphere Reserve. Attractions include the Woodlands Nature Center and Homeplace-1850. Cadiz, near the shores of Lake Barkley, features the Woods & Wetlands Wildlife Center with a huge aquarium and walk-through wildlife park. Lake Barkley State Resort Park offers outstanding views of the lake.
Travel to secluded Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park near Dawson Springs for a meal and overnight stay. Or continue to scenic Lake Malone, surrounded by 200-foot cliffs and wooded sandstone bluffs, for a great picnic spot. Bowling Green is home to the one and only GM Corvette Plant and the National Corvette Museum. While in the area, visit the Lost River Cave and go for an underground boat tour.
Riverview - The Hobson House presents an elegant interpretation of Victorian family life from 1860-1890. The Green River Museum, north of Bowling Green in tiny Woodbury, highlights the colorful riverboat era.
Your next major touring area is dotted with caves, the largest of which is at Mammoth Cave National Park. Several tours are available at this World Heritage Site, but make reservations in advance. In Horse Cave, you'll want to see the American Cave Museum, Kentucky Caverns at Kentucky Down Under, and for outstanding entertainment, Horse Cave Theatre, Crystal Onyx Cave, Diamond Caverns and the 15 tepees at Wigwam Village, are but a few of the other area attractions.
Both Lancaster and Danville preserve Kentucky's past. In Danville visit Constitution Square State Historic Site and the McDowell House & Apothecary Shop, Kentucky's greatest Civil War battle took place in nearby Perryville. Berea is Kentucky's "Crafts Capital." You can tour the studios of many professional craftspeople and artists.
The spectacular Red River Gorge is next. This unique landscape has more than 80 natural arches and the largest concentration of rock shelters and arches east of the Rockies. A 30 mile loop features scenic overlooks and views of Red River. Natural Bridge State Resort Park is a great over night stop.
In Prestonsburg, ride the chairlift at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for a panoramic mountain view. We recommend you end your tour in the Paintsville area, known as the birthplace of the "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn. Be sure to see the Mountain Homeplace, a living history village depicting the rugged life of those who lived on the Appalachian plateau in the mid-1800s.