The summer months are upon us—and that means it’s time to start planning your summer road trip. We at Chip Wynn Motors have swapped stories of our favorite road trips and determined three of the very best that start right here in our hometown.
Here are three easy, super fun road trips starting in Paducah:
St Louis, Missouri: The drive to St. Louis is only about 3 hours, but they will fly by as you anticipate all the fun things to do in the city. A visit to St. Louis is not complete without an afternoon or evening spent at the City Museum, and tourists should always take a ride up in the Gateway Arch for stunning views. And don’t forget—St. Louis is famous for its BBQ, so eat some while in town.
Nashville, Tennessee: Only 2 hours from Paducah sits Nashville, home to the famous Nashville Predators and the Country Music Hall of Fame. But you don’t have to love country music to love Nashville—party all night on Broadway, have an afternoon of culture at the Parthenon, or relax on the nearby Percy Priest Lake.
Kings Island: Just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, sits one of Ohio’s two famous theme parks, Kings Island. The park, a 5-hour drive from Paducah, is home to famous coasters like The Beast, Firehawk, and Diamondback.
All of these sights are fun, and the proximity to Paducah and Chip Wynn Motors makes them affordable options this summer. Try them out for yourself!
Are you looking for a weekend road trip with you family but aren’t sure where to go? Here are some easy road trip ideas for Paducah residents.
National Corvette Museum: If you love fast cars, you’ll want to visit this museum in Bowling Green. You can even check out the sinkhole exhibit, with cars that survived the unfortunate sinkhole that struck the museum a few years ago.
Kings Island: Not far from the Ohio River is one of Ohio’s two major theme parks, Kings Island, with rides like The Beast, Diamondback, Drop Tower, and Banshee. Kings Island also has its own waterpark with slides and a wave pool.
Mammoth Cave National Park: Kentucky’s own Mammoth Cave is great for families with a thirst for adventure. You’ll go deep underground to explore the beautiful cave system carved naturally by Mother Nature.
Nashville, Tennessee: Head down to Music City for the weekend. You can explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, get delicious doughnuts at Five Daughters, spend some time on the lake, and see your favorite band play a show. Or leave the kids behind for an adults-only weekend and explore the Vegas-esque scene of Broadway and its honky-tonk bars.
Our team at Chip Wynn Motors is always up for a fun road trip. Be sure to stay safe during your next family adventure!
Whether it’s for the holidays or not until the spring and summer, chances are good that if you have a family with young children you’ll be taking a road trip sometime soon, and looking for ways to keep the young ones entertained. We at Chip Wynn Motors have a few fun road trip games that might help pass the time.
20 Questions: One person thinks of a person, place, or thing (like asparagus, the mailman, or the Sydney Opera House), and everyone else works together asking 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what that person is thinking of. This is a challenging but team-building activity for kids 8 and up.
Traffic Bingo: Younger kids may like this game. Instead of regular bingo, kids will mark off fun things on their cards like “dog in a car” or “blue billboard” or “license plate from Ohio” as they spot them. Just be sure to have lots of fun prizes.
Storytime: Rather than read a story, have the whole car work together to create a story, one word at a time. Start with the driver and go clockwise around the car contributing words to piece together a fun story.
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Chip Wynn Motors may be located in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to get out of state and visit our nearby neighbors in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. One of our favorite local vacation spots is Shawnee National Forest. This beautiful outdoor haven is filled with plenty to do on a long weekend or a full family vacation.
At Shawnee National Forest, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find miles and miles of hiking trails, including favorite routes like Garden of the Gods which takes you by stunning rock structures, and a walk around Herod Pond, the perfect place to spot wildlife and practice your bird watching skills. Shawnee National Forest also features a cool national land bridge, Pomona Bridge.
You’ll have no trouble finding a cozy camping spot, from the most primitive options to rental cabins in nearby areas. Staying a few nights in the forest will give you plenty of time to enjoy the many recreational activities, like swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, climbing, or even horseback riding. If you love outdoor family vacations or live in the area, you’ll want to visit the Shawnee National Forest.
If you are under the age of 30, the odds are pretty high that you have never actually driven anywhere using a paper road map. If this describes you, or you just want to refresh your skills, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.
If you’ve never navigated using a paper map before, here are a few things you need to consider.
The index (usually printed on the back of the map) lists all the cities on that map in alphabetical order and then tells you the corresponding grid location of the city. The map likely has numbers or letters listed across one side and the opposite listed across the top or bottom, for example, a city might be listed as C3 in the index. Look for the letter C and move across to the third column to find the city.
Another important part of a map is the legend. This small box will show how different types of roadways are depicted on the map. For example, major highways are usually printed in bigger, bolder lines than smaller residential or rural roads.
Use the compass road to help keep you oriented in the right direction. If you are heading south, turn the map to follow in the same direction.
When navigating using a paper map, it’s best to have at least two people in the car, one to drive and one to be the navigator. The navigator should keep his or her eye out for major landmarks listed on the map to make sure they are travelling in the right direction.
To really put your road map skills to the test, you should plan a road trip. It doesn’t have to be long—just a day trip somewhere. To make it really exciting, you should lay out your paper map on the ground and then toss a small rock onto the map. You should make wherever it lands your destination.
Do you consider yourself a good navigator while using a road map?
Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll have an itch to hit the road. Not sure where to go? You can never go wrong with a national park. These are some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky.