Because so much of Kentucky is rural and because there is no public transportation, you indeed need to have a car.
The car in the photo is the car that I frequently drove to Kentucky from Chicago when my parents were still alive and living on Kentucky Lake near Benton.
My Dad was great at fixing cars, and while I was there, he worked on the car, and we always polished it up to look great.
I have it parked up on the hill behind their home.
Located 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) serves the Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana areas. One-half of the American population and manufacturing base is within an hour's flight of the airport.
Airlines serving Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport: Air Canada Express, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and USA 3000 Airlines.
When I was a child, we used to play a license plate game, where we tried to be the one to see the license plates of all the states. If I were to play the game now, it would almost be possible to play the game within one state because most states have a regular license tag, and then they have special plates which people can get for an extra fee.
In Kentucky, the standard issue plates have a the word KENTUCKY at the top, with a free form running horse's head, and underneath in very small letters "Unbridled Spirit". The county is at the bottom of the plate.
Kentucky has many many individualized license plates - some of them include
Disaster / Emergency Services
Fraternal Order of Police
Law Enforcement Memorial
The second license plate that I took a picture of (which also has the county on the bottom, is only currently listed as an RV vehicle plate. It is the old style of plate.
Don't Drive through our state DRUNK!!! We work very hard to pass strict driving laws.
What do police officers look for when searching for drunk drivers on the highways?
The following is a list of symptoms in descending order of probability that the person observed is driving while intoxicated. The list is based upon research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration:
(1) Turning with a wide radius;
(2) Straddling center of lane marker;
(3) "Appearing to be drunk";
(4) Almost striking object or vehicle;
(6) Driving on other than designated highway;
(8) Speed more than 10 mph below limit;
(9) Stopping without cause in traffic lane;
(10) Following too closely;
(12) Tires on center or lane marker;
(13) Braking erratically;
(14) Driving into opposing or crossing traffic;
(15) Signaling inconsistent with driving actions;
(16) Slow response to traffic signals;
(17) Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane);
(18) Turning abruptly or illegally;
(19) Accelerating or decelerating rapidly;
(20) Headlights off.
Speeding, incidentally, is not a symptom of DUI; in some circumstances it may suggest quicker reflexes and sobriety.
Regrettably, there are only two passenger trains which pass through Kentucky, and those just barely. The City of New Orleans, which follows the eastern shore of the Mississippi River between Chicago and New Orleans, makes a single stop at the small town of Fulton, Kentucky, on the far western tip of the state.
The Cardinal, which connects Chicago and Washington, DC, follows the Ohio river along the northwestern edge of Kentucky. It enters the state just across the river from Cincinnati, and follows the southern shore of the river through Kentucky until it exits the state at it's northeastern corner, between Ashland, Kentucky and Huntington, West Virginia. Only three stops are made in Kentucky: Maysville, South Shore (across the river from Portsmouth, OH) and Ashland.
Don't let that discourage you from riding the train in Kentucky. On my most recent trip aboard The Cardinal, I sat across from an adventurous couple from New Zealand. They were seeing parts of the United States, and of Kentucky, which the majority of Americans never see.
The Department of Transportation in Kentucky provides access to a website of highway information that may be useful to tourists.
The webpages show maps with information like construction sites, weather-relation situations, accidents, rest areas, routes to bus stations and train stations.
There are tips for which routes to take and distances from place to place. There are several links to other webpages with recommendations for sites of interest to tourists.
Take a look at the website below before you drive through Kentucky to see the information that might help you plan your trip.
There also is another KDOT website dedicated just to Kentucky maps.
to access that info use: http://www.planning.kytc.ky.gov/maps.asp
For most of KY, I would say flying into Louisville is your best bet. However, if you like, you could fly into Cincinnati (which is actually in KY, not OH) for northern KY attactions or Nashville and drive north for some southern KY stuff. Also, Lexington is an option (albeit a smaller airport) for central and eastern KY.
The three major airports in Kentucky are in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington. Visitors to Western Kentucky could also fly into Nashville, Tennessee, just South of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In most but not all instances, I have found the lowest airfare in and out of Kentucky to be the Louisville airport. Southwest Airlines flies into Louisville and the other airlines tend to match this discount carrier. Sometimes I have found lower fares by bidding on Priceline.com for Cincinnati. Lexington has a convenient smaller airport mainly served by Delta and commuter airlines, but the prices can typically be higher.
As for getting around in Kentucky, I'm afraid we do not have any mass transit systems. The major cities have public buses. Renting or driving a car is still the best way to see most parts of the State. Bicycling would be feasible in central Kentucky, but the lack of leash laws make dogs a problem in some counties particularly Eastern Kentucky.
Well we where lucky, when we noticed the road had ended and the Mississippi river was in front of us.... We where just in time to call the Ferry with the call button on a pole... Then the waiting started....just as we were giving up and thinking the ferry wouldn't come it came....fortunalty....
Pictures taken june 6th 2003
There are many big cities you can fly to and then drive to western KY. Most cities are 3 hours away (St. Louis, Louisville, Memphis) while Nashville is only 2 hours. You can fly to Paducah on a commuter plane going either through Memphis or St. louis on Northwest or American.
Well you can rent boats and go up and down the Ohio river or Kentucky lake. but car is your only choice pretty much. Despite your steriotype of Kentucky the roads are better on the Purchase Parkway and in towns than most places.
First off to SEE Kentucky stay off the interstate and take the time it take to drive the backroads, you'll not be sorry! Small towns charm and Antique shops line about every Main St in Kentucky. You'll find those home grown eateries and shops that you'll never see or hear about on the interstate. Sure it will take long, but you're in the south now and due to the heat things move a little slower.
Be on the look out for Goofy Road signs.
Especially in the Mountains where people alter them you might have a Speed limit sign of 35 and someone make it read 85.
The easiest way to travel around in Kentucky is by car. In the countryside no public transport is provided.
Stayed here while in town for a boat show free parking, and great weekend rates* discounted apply...more
The sleeping accommodations at the hotel were average. The king bed was reasonably comfortable, but...more
We crossed into the Eastern Time Zone, and got gas in Indiana before we crossed into Kentucky....more