Travel is one of my favorite things to do in life. I love visiting states I've never been to, and I long for a European vacation. Big vacations aren't always possible, so I try to find a few days here and there to take road trips five hours or less from Northern Kentucky.
A few of my favorites include:
West Virginia - My husband and I visited Asbury, West Virginia, for the first time in June 2022. We stayed in a beautiful Airbnb, opens a new window on top of a mountain about five hours from home. The view was stunning, and our hosts were terrific. We visited several little towns that all had their unique draw. Hinton, Lewisburg and Point Pleasant (yes, we went to the Mothman Museum) were three of my favorites. We viewed the New River Gorge Bridge, discovered waterfalls, hiked, ate and shopped.
Hocking Hills - Hocking Hills is my happy place and only a two-hour drive. We try to visit a couple of times a year. The trails are fantastic, but Cedar Falls is always on our must-hike list. We also love the restaurant at Cedar Falls Inn and Spa. We suggest making reservations for dinner. There is a flea market and an antique mall nearby that we always stop at when we are in the area. We have stayed in several cabins in the area and enjoyed them all.
Yellow Springs - Yellow Springs, Ohio, is one of my favorite day trips. It's only an hour's drive and has so much to offer. My husband and I have gone hiking, shopping, and eating several times. We also went with kids to enjoy the parks and Young's Dairy Farm. Young's is a working farm that serves homemade ice cream and food. If that isn't enough, there is putt-putt, games, a slide and a petting zoo at the farm. Even if we don't take kids, I still insist we go to Young's for cheese curds and ice cream!
Carter Caves - Carter Caves is about a two-hour drive and a lot of fun. We have been there several times with family. We enjoy the cave tours, hiking, putt-putt, playgrounds and creek. We like to stay in the cabins at the state park, so we are close to everything.
Brown County - Brown County, Indiana, is one of my favorite spots for a trip with friends. You can stay for a few nights or make it a day trip since it is only a two-hour drive. The small town offers great shopping and fantastic food. I understand there are hiking trails and a park nearby, but I've never ventured outside the shopping area.
I could go on and on about all the somewhat local trips we enjoy, but instead, I'll suggest a few books to help you plan your next long weekend or day trip. Just click on the title to put the item on hold.
Take a trip without jumping on a plane.
Written by Gina Stegner, public relations and social media coordinator and avid traveler