While many people may head to New England to see the colors of fall, there is a spectacular display of fall foliage in Kentucky, too. Our later peak color time gives you longer to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Here are the best places to see some fall foliage.
Land Between the Lakes
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is one of the most diverse areas in the state. It is located about an hour away from Paducah in Golden Pond. You can see the colors by boat on the lake or by walking along one of the numerous trails through the forest.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Located in Dawson Springs, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Pike will give you an endless spectrum of color. Plan a camping trip so you can watch the sunset and the sunrise the next morning. If you enjoy photography or painting, be sure to bring along your supplies.
Red River Gorge Zipline Tours
For a more thrilling autumn experience, head east to Campton and take a ride on the Red River Gorge Zipline Tours. This will give you a new perspective from above the tree line. There are five ziplines to send you and your family soaring.
The fall paints Paducah in a beautiful swathe of colors, and if you want to experience it all, you’ll need a reliable ride. For that, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.
School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out one — or all — of these great museums in Paducah this summer with your little ones:
The National Quilt Museum: This museum boasts three galleries that with quilt art that is rotated seven or eight times per year, including touring exhibits. Visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries make up the museum’s 115,000 annual patrons.
Paducah Railroad Museum: In the heart of historical downtown Paducah, this museum, opened in 1996, is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several unique train-themed exhibits.
William Clark Market House Museum:This historical museum in Paducah truly gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Paducah, with several artifacts from the city’s history, including a statue of Henry Clay. The museum also includes the Market House Theater and Yeiser Art Center in a 100-plus-year-old building that used to be the public market of Paducah.
Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum: Finally, this museum is the former residence of General Lloyd Tilghman of the Civil War. The home is an 1852 Greek Revival and costs $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.
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Are you new to the Paducah area and looking for a bite to eat? We have plenty of delicious places for you to try out — and some breweries to visit after for a delicious craft beer. Below are our 16 favorite Paducah Restaurants and breweries:
To get a taste of Paducah
To get a feel for how we like to dine in Kentucky, check out one of these one-and-only restaurants:
Gold Rush Café & Catering
JP’s Bar & Grill
Doe’s Eat Place
For something quick and cheap
Looking for a quick lunch that’s light on the wallet (but not on the flavor)? Try out:
Harned’s Drive In
Parker’s Drive-In Restaurant
To enjoy a night out
If you’re looking for a more elegant meal with a nice atmosphere, consider one of the following restaurants:
Pizza by the Pound
Strickland’s Seafood Restaurant
For a delicious adult beverage
There are two great craft breweries in Paducah that we highly recommend: Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks. If spirits are more your cup of tea — or liquor, as it were — then consider Silent Brigade Distillery. If you do head out to one of these great venues, please be sure to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
For coffee and tea
Paducah does have great coffee and tea, however, including Etcetera Coffeehouse and Pipers Tea & Coffee.
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With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
For a reliable new-to-you sued vehicle capable of handling the elements, stop into Chip Wynn Motors.
There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
Are you thinking of getting your Ma an outside-the-box present for Mother’s Day this year? Then consider one of these Mother’s Day gifts for car moms. Whether she loves classic cars or just spends too much time commuting to work and running errands in her minivan, she’s sure to appreciate any of these gifts:
Steering wheel cover: Steering wheel covers are more than just a comfortable cover for the steering wheel that makes it a little more bearable to grip in extreme heat and cold. They’re also the perfect opportunity to add a pop of fashion into your mom’s daily driver. Alternatively, get fun seat covers with a bit of color.
Car care package: If you and your wife or partner still have little kids, chances are good that Mom’s car gets messy easily. Build her a car care package for easily cleaning the inside — or give her coupons for free cleanings by you. You can also buy her gift cards for taking her cat through the car wash.
Phone mount: If Ma’s car does not have built-in navigation, get her phone out of her hands with a phone mount, which makes navigation safe and easy.
Weekend getaway: Book a stay in a bed and breakfast in a new town, then take a fun road trip with you mom to get there. The memories are priceless.
If your mom needs a new set of wheels, why not do her one better? Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our selection of used vehicles moms are sure to love.
Right here in our small town on August 21st we will get to experience a celestial phenomenon that many people have been waiting years for—a total solar eclipse. We are right in the path of totality which means that the moon will completely cover the sun. In addition, we are very close to the point of longest eclipse and will get to experience about 2 minutes and 20 seconds of twilight darkness.
The eclipse will start in Paducah at 11:54 and totality will begin at 1:22. Keep in mind, that just like any other time, staring directly at the sun can damage your eyes. That is why experts recommend you purchase a pair of eclipse glasses. These glasses have lenses that are specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.
If you are looking for a fun place to watch the eclipse with others, there are some great options to choose from here in Paducah. You can visit the Challenger Learning Center, McCracken County Library, River Discovery Center, Brooks Stadium, Dry Ground Brewing Company, Silent Brigade Distillery, and the Art Guild of Paducah.
Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we are excited to get to see this amazing event right above our heads.
Kentucky is a beautiful state. And, one of the best ways to enjoy natural beauty is by enjoying a picnic. August is known as National Picnic Month and here are some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.
Dinosaur World. Enjoy a family picnic with a prehistoric twist by visiting Dinosaur World near Mammoth Cave National Park.
Columbus Belmont State Park. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mississippi River while having some family fun at this beautiful state park. There are numerous on-site fire pits available to enjoy a hot lunch.
Kentucky Lake. Head down to Kentucky Lake and rent a pontoon boat. Your family is guaranteed to enjoy a picnic lunch on this pristine body of water.
Noble Park. If you don’t want to travel far for your picnic. Stay at home in Paducah and visit Noble Park. After you eat, there will be plenty to do, including playgrounds, basketball courts, the Greenway Trail, view of the lake, and more.
Ohio River. While there might not be much green space along the Ohio River here in Paducah, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the river. Head down to The Foot of Broadway—there is a small assortment of picnic tables, benches, and stairs to enjoy the view of the river.
Yes, this is a thing! And while quilting might be seen as “lame,” this museum certainly isn’t. It’s basically an art museum, but for quilts! You’ll see patterns old and new and learn new things about quilting.
The Floodwall Murals are displayed along Paducah’s riverfront. These are not only giant and beautiful paintings, but you’ll also get to read about the history of each of them via the placards that are placed beneath each of the art displays.
Take a stroll along the riverwalk for some beautiful views. You’ll not only get a view of the river, but there’s also an old steam engine locomotive that located by the riverwalk, so you’ll get a chance to see a piece of history.