If there are two things that come to mind when most people think of Kentucky, it’s bourbon and horses. Distilleries and the Kentucky Derby dominate the state’s tourism scene, but there’s so much more to see in the Bluegrass State.
If you love the outdoors, there are several national parks and monuments, state parks, and trail systems to explore when you get an RV rental in Kentucky. History buffs can appreciate its national historic parks, living museums, and battlefields dotting its rural landscapes. The cities, like Louisville, Lexington, and Frankfort, are packed with delicious restaurants, bustling nightlife, a thriving music scene, and of course, some spectacular bourbon to wash it all down.
There’s something for everyone in this state, so start packing your bags for an RV rental in Kentucky today!
Adventure Ideas During Your RV Rental in Kentucky
Take a trip underground through the world’s largest cave complex and Kentucky’s only national park. Tours last between one and two hours, passing through rooms that are up to one hundred feet high, coated in stalactites and stalagmites. The park also has several RV campgrounds to stay in, just outside the cave complex.
Explore Camp Nelson
Brimming with history and just half an hour outside Lexington, Camp Nelson is a must-see for Cruise America campers interested in the Civil War. This army depot was a major recruiting station for African American soldiers joining the Union Army. Several hiking trails criss-cross the fort leading to barracks, housing structures, and training grounds littered with historical artifacts.
Take an RV Camping Trip to Cumberland Falls
The largest waterfall east of the Mississippi and south of Niagara Falls, Cumberland Falls is one of the most underrated state parks in the country. Not only is it home to a 125-foot-wide by 69-foot-tall waterfall, but it’s also one of the few places in the western hemisphere where a moonbow (a nighttime rainbow formed by the light from a full moon reflecting on a waterfall) can be observed. It’s also one of the best places for camping with your RV rental in Kentucky, with 50 sites within the park boundaries.
Take in a Few Distilleries on the Bourbon Trail
Nearly all of Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries can be found along a 180-mile loop between Louisville, Lexington, and Bardstown. You’ll find big-name brands like Jim Beam, Makers Mark, and Wild Turkey, but also lesser-known gems like Angel’s Envy and Bardstown Bourbon. Most distilleries charge a fee and require a reservation, but this will get you a tour and a tasting at the end.
Follow the Trail of Tears through the Appalachians
Florida’s Seminole tribe, along with the Cherokee in Georgia, are the groups most often associated with the Trail of Tears. However, the forced migration of Native Americans affected the entire Southeastern United States, and some of the most moving sights are located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky. The Heritage Center in Hopkinsville has some of the trail’s more detailed exhibits and a yearly pow-wow showcases Native American culture.
Go RV Camping at Jenny Wiley Park
Feeling like getting away from it all on your next RV adventure? Take the kids to this beautiful beachside park on the shores of Dewey Lake, near Kentucky’s border with West Virginia. A number of picnic areas and campsites are located within the park, along with a pontoon boat rental facility if you’re looking to get out on the water. There’s also a renowned theater company nearby that puts on plays during the summer and an 18-hole golf course.
Visit a Shaker Village
Located right in the middle of the state, the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is one of the most well-preserved places of its kind. The Shaker religious community, known both for their pacifism during times of war and their ecstatic ceremonies, occupied the area throughout the 19th century. Today, the village consists of 34 meticulously maintained buildings along with a farm, where you and your family can learn about the community and the beautiful craftsmanship that the Shakers are known for. Tours are relatively inexpensive, with discounts provided for kids, seniors, veterans, and first responders.
Plan a Trip to Kentucky with Cruise America
Cruise America has a variety of reliable RVs
available for your Kentucky adventure, and you don’t even need to be an experienced driver to operate them. Staff are available to help orient you to all the features of your rental RV, and there’s an app to help you troubleshoot any issues you might encounter later on.
Ready to explore Kentucky? Take a look at Cruise America’s RV rentals
to find just the right vehicle for your tour of the Bluegrass State.