Traveling east from the starting point to the route will take you along the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River shoreline. This tour will travel along the border of Kentucky in Hickman at the Mississippi River in far western Kentucky to the South Shore at the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky.
Historic Paducah is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers. It is known to many as "Quilt City USA". You are just 25 miles from Land Between the Lakes, an outdoor recreation haven situated between giant Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.
Amish families have settled near the river in gently rolling Crittenden County. A good stop in Henderson is the John James Audubon Museum and Nature Center. Owensboro is Kentucky's third largest city and home of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Be sure not to miss the barbecue here!
Rough River Dam State Resort Park is a good stop for a meal, stay overnight at the campgrounds or lodge. Hodgenville is Abraham Lincoln's birthplace. There are several Lincoln sites in this area.
Bardstown is home to the original My Old Kentucky Home made famous by Stephen Foster. There are so many other sites to see here you may want to take the day to get in what you can.
Taylorsville Lake State Park in Spencer County offers a stop for quiet picnic along the forested shoreline. As you head north, you'll want to stop in Shelbyville for great antique shopping.
At Carrollton, overnight at General Butler State Resort Park. The resort restaurant overlooks the broad Ohio River Valley.
A side trip will take you to the metropolitan area of Northern Kentucky. Soak in its German heritage as you dine on a floating restaurant, tour historic churches, or visit a microbrewery. Don't miss a riverboat ride up the Ohio.
Traveling east be sure to stop by Augusta and Maysville for a refreshing trip back in time to the days of Huck Finn.