PADUCAH, a historic rivertown is home to the Museum of the American Quilter's Society and other museums, numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and shopping opportunities, especially antiques. The TRADER's MALL just outside Paducah will be the starting or ending point of the 400 Mile Sale. www.paducah-tourism.org
Along Hwy 641, just off Hwy 68, the area of GILBERTSVILLE has antique shops and numerous lodging options, including KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE STATE RESORT PARK. www.kentuckylake.org
Just off of Hwy 68, BENTON offers travelers a wide variety of gift and antique shops, as well as many resorts on nearby Kentucky Lake. Benton is also home of the annual Tater Day Festival and Big Singing Days. www.kentuckylake.org
Located on Hwy 68 next to Kentucky Lake, AURORA has a variety of shops, antiques and dining options for the traveler to enjoy. AURORA is also the home of KENLAKE STATE RESORT PARK, which will be holding the Kentucky Lake Bluegrass Festival the same weekend of the 400 Mile Sale. www.kentuckylake.org
LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES
The Number One most visited attraction in Kentucky, includes a living history farm, Civil War sites, ruins of the iron furnace industry and exhibits on the history and heritage of this national recreation area. Create treasured memories camping, hiking, canoeing, biking or viewing wildlife. There is also an elk and bison prairie as well as a planetarium, trails and horseback riding. 270.924.2000. www.lbl.org
CANTON today is a small quiet community in western Kentucky, but was once a booming town that was home to hotels, restaurants, schools and other businesses. The town was established in 1799. The community is currently trying to establish a historic district. Contact (270) 924-3367 for more information.
Crossing both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, one comes to a wonderful place to stay. The lodge includes a gift shop featuring many Kentucky crafts.
Murray, KY has been added to the route via Hwy 641. Visit their website by clicking here.
Hazel, KY has been added to the route also via Hwy 641. Visit their website by clicking here.
Take the historic route of 68 and travel back in time through the charming community of CADIZ. Stroll through the historic downtown and browse the antique and specialty shops. On Saturdays stop by the Farmers and Craft Markets. While there visit the Jason Mason Art Museum, listen to gospel and Bluegrass at Jim's Music Shop and Lakeland Jamboree or dine at one of three unique downtown restaurants. Call (270) 522-3892 or www.gocadiz.com or www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com
HOPKINSVILLE offers a lot of lodging and restaurants and is the hometown of clairvoyant Edgar Cayce, Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Pennyroyal Area Museum. www.visithopkinsville.com
Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site in FAIRVIEW honors the birthplace of our U.S. Senator, Secretary of War under President Pierce and the only President of Confederate States of America (1861-65). Picnic shelters, playground, gift shop and museum. Watch for Amish buggies along this route.
Historic Downtown Elkton features the Historic Todd County Courthouse Welcome Center, built in 1835 and located at 1 Public Square. The Welcome Center is surrounded by the Elkton Historic Commercial District, which has 19 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses various antique and gift shops and unique restaurants. During the 400 Mile Sale, the city of Elkton sponsors “Yard Sale Says” and normally has 20-40 yard sales throughout the 4 day 400 Mile Sale. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center for your free map of Elkton with locations of all the sales in town! Call the Welcome Center at 270.265.7070 for more information or visit www.elktonky.com. You can also visit www.ExploreToddCounty.com for more places to visit and shop while driving Highway 68/80 through scenic Todd County
RUSSELLVILLE includes bed and breakfast inns/hotels, antique shops, 1817 Saddle Factory Museum, golf course, historic walking tour, festivals and the bank robbed by the Jesse James Gang in 1868. Red River Meeting House Historic Site is located in nearby ADAIRVILLE. Lake Malone is located in nearby LEWISBURG. www.visitlogancounty.net
Historic Aubuen is just 3 miles from historic Auburn just 3 miles from South Union's Shaker Village, just 18 miles west of Bowling Green. Beautiful homes including 136 pieces of property that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Auburn has a lot to offer with unique shopping, dining and sightseeing. Auburn has a wonderful museum with historic structure walking tours including log cabin, barn, old jail, and school house. Each structure contains artifacts appropriate to its intended use.
NOTE: Be sure to stop by Auburn. In the past, this small community won the "Most Prepared for Visitors" award during the 400 Mile Sale event.
SOUTH UNION is the actual site of the last Shaker Community in Kentucky (1807-1922). The historic village features four restored Shaker buildings, over 40 exhibits and a unique museum shop filled with Shaker-inspired gifts and Kentucky crafts. Overnight accommodations and delicious group meals available in the 1869 Shaker Tavern Bed and Breakfast (reservations required, please call 800.929.8701). Open year round. www.shakermuseum.com
BOWLING GREEN, "Home of the National Corvette Museum and Kentucky's only underground boat tour at Lost River Cave, numberous museums and over 2600 lodging rooms and 700 restaurants. 1-800-326-7465 www.visitbgky.com
Don't miss SMITH GROVE (just 1 mi. North of 68/80 on Hwy 101) which offers numerous antique shops and bed and breakfast inns in a historic setting.
GLASGOW, "Home of the Glasgow Highland Games, " at nearby BARREN RIVER STATE RESORT PARK, also offers lodging including a number of bed and breakfast inns, antique shops and numerous restaurants.visitglasgowbarren.com
WISDOM Community in Metcalfe County is the official home of the award-winning band, Kentucky Headhunters. Their ancestral historic home and country store are located right on Hwy 68. Slow down and one might see band member Richard Young in the yard!
Highways 68 and 80 juncture at EDMONTON, the home of a quaint and beautiful public square. Booths will be set up in the courtyard featuring local artisans and antique dealers. 270.432.3222, www.metcalfechamber.com
Continue on Hwy 68 toward Greensburg to visit the historic community of SULPHUR WELL, which is just one mile from Hwy 68 and well worth one's visit. A historic artisan well continues to flow with sulphur water once greatly sought for medicinal purposes. Brave travelers can still stop for a free drink! Others might prefer the mouth-watering country ham and biscuits served at the famous Lighthouse Restaurant.
Incorporated in 1794, Greensburg, a Preserve America Community with a downtown National Register Historic District, has many unique shops and places to eat. The Oldest Courthouse West of the Alleghenies anchors the shopping district. Accessed from the downtown is the Green River Paddle Trail.
CAMPBELLSVILLE is an oasis for outdoor adventure! Come explore the Green River Lake area offering 40 miles of trails, public beaches, water sports, mini golf, horeseback riding, boat rentals, 8 campgrounds, floating cabins, lakeside condos, shopping, dining, Civil War sites and museums Click here for more community information - www.campbellsvilleky.com
LEBANON is the geographic center of the state, making it the true Heart of Kentucky, and it's a perfect stop on Hwy 68. Enjoy religious and Civil War history, visit historic Makers Mark Distillery and Penn's Store or enjoy a delicious country ham breakfast at Marion County Country Ham Days in September. www.visitlebanonky.com
PERRYVILLE is the site of the greatest Civil War battle in Kentucky - Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. It features Constitution Square State Historic Site, Penn's Country Store in operation since 1845, numerous bed and breakfast inns, antique and craft shops, hotels and restaurants. A short 15 minute drive is DANVILLE.
HARRODSBURG, Kentucky's oldest town (1774), features Old Fort Harrod State Park; Beaumont Inn, the state's oldest family-operated country inn; Shaker Village, America's largest restored Shaker community; the sternwheeler Dixie Belle; walking and driving tours; historic downtown; antique & craft shops; restaurants; bed and breakfast inns; hotels and numerous special events. 800-355-9192. www.harrodsburgky.com
PLEASANT HILL is the site of historic Shaker Village with 34 original buildings open for tours, dining and lodging. Site of the 3rd Annual Antiques Show & Sale. While at the Village, dine on true Shaker cuisine and enjoy a river ride on a sternwheeler. Admission charge. www.shakervillageky.org
WILMORE, one mile off Hwy 68 on Hwy 1268, is a quaint historic railroad and college town with avenues lined with lavish flower baskets. Unique shopping, dining and lodging are offered. Picnic in historic High Bridge Park high atop a limestone cliff of the Kentucky Palisades overlooking the Kentucky River and railroad trestle designated an engineering marvel. 859.858.4411. www.wilmore.org
Historic NICHOLASVILLE is a mecca for antique and craft shops with challenging golf courses and other recreational opportunities. Experience yesterday with a free trip on the Valley View Ferry which has been transporting people across the Kentucky River since 1785. History comes alive at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park with museum, trails, tours and programs. Enjoy a glass of wine and tour at Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery, the first commercial vineyard in the nation.. 859.881.9126 or 859.492.3115 www.jessamineco.com
PARIS is located in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass Country and visitors can see the beautiful horse farms along miles of scenic back roads. Attractions include Duncan Tavern and the John Fox, Jr. Genealogical Library; Hopewell Museum; the Nannine Clay Wallis Arboretum and the Cane Ridge Meeting House. The Victorian-era Main Street in PARIS features lots of great stores selling antiques, collectibles and other unusual and unique items as well as several restaurants. Call 888.987.3205 for info or visit www.parisky.com
In MILLERSBURG there is a covered bridge built in 1877 and open to traffic.
CARLISLE, located just off US 68 North of PARIS, features a visitor's center located in the Jailer's Home and Dungeon as well as the Nicholas County Depot which has been restored and features a museum and genealogy library. carlisle-nicholascounty.org
Blue Lick State
Continue north to BLUE LICKS BATTLEFIELD STATE RESORT PARK, the site of the last Kentucky battle of the Revolutionary War fought in 1782. The park offers a museum, new lodge, cottages and campground. 859.289.5507.
FAIRVIEW is a wide spot in the road just north of Blue Licks State Resort Park. Located at Fairview is Eagle Ridge Retreat, a lovely campground, retreat center that does weddings, family reunions, class reunions or a great place to get away from it all. Nearby FLEMINGSBURG is home to two bed and breakfast inns and the Covered Bridge Festival. www.flemingchamber.com
Go back in time as you visit this 1700's pioneer village with original log cabins, 6 museums and Underground Railroad and Civil War history. Enjoy your shopping as you browse through antique, craft and specialty stores located in restored historic buildings. Museum Tours Given Daily - Old Washington Visitor's Center 606.759.7411 or 606. 759.7423 www.washingtonky.com
Stroll through downtown MAYSVILLE and enjoy the diverse historic architecture. See history come alive through the murals on the floodwall. Trace your roots and learn Mason County's role in history at the Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Museum. Shop the wonderful specialty shops or just sit on the riverwalk and enjoy the tranquility of the Ohio River. 606.564.9419. www.cityofmaysville.com