Places to visit, take a summer vacation in Kentucky

A summer road trip may sound more appealing than ever when you consider the long lines at the airport and (relatively) reasonable gas prices.

Here are a handful of road trip and vacation ideas in Kentucky that won’t break the bank but will still satisfy a bit of your summer wanderlust. This guide just may provide you with some inspiration for your next locally-based road trip from Louisville — without needing to stop for gas.

Where to kayak, go whitewater rafting in Kentucky

By rotating your group through the front and side positions in the raft, everyone gets a chance to command the face-drenching spot at the bow.

While Kentuckians will tell you we live in one of the most beautiful of the lower 48 states, it’s not just the land that’s remarkable.

Nearly 2,000 miles of navigable waterways — more than any other in the contiguous United States — and dozens of lakes mean there is enough water for any type of adventure this summer. From flat water paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayaking through the serene waters of an ancient eco-system at the Kentucky River Palisades to adrenaline-pumping whitewater Class II and III rapids at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, there are enough options to keep water enthusiasts busy all summer and well into the fall. 

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