Summer is here! It’s time to get out of the house, hop in your used car from Chip Wynn Motors, and hit the road with your friends or family. Whether you’re planning a weekend road trip or just a Sunday afternoon cruise, the Bluegrass State has many beautiful roads to explore. Here are some of the top scenic drives in Kentucky.
Red River Gorge Scenic Byway
You can practically drive across the state and stay within the sprawling Daniel Boone National Forest. The best stretch of the park has to be the Red River Gorge National Geological Area. The stacked rock formations and densely packed deciduous trees will make you forget that you’re also in the land of rolling green pastures.
Duncan Hines Scenic Byway
Access some of the most breathtaking sites in the state — like Mammoth Cave National Park — when you take the Duncan Hines Scenic Byway. If you’re a sports car enthusiast, you have to plan a stop at the National Corvette Museum.
Old Frankfort Pike
Old Frankfort Pike is quintessential Kentucky. The views you’ll see on this drive through the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region take you past white-fenced horse farms, historic mansions, and countless stop-offs at sites like wineries and bourbon distilleries.
If you’re shopping for a used car in Kentucky that’s as beautiful as our state’s natural beauty, you’ll find it here at Chip Wynn Motors. Our dealership has plenty of mesmerizing sports cars, stylish SUVs, and tantalizing trucks in stock.
Few things in life are as freeing (and heart-racing) as traversing treacherous trails with your pals. If you are itching for an affordable used vehicle with great off-road capabilities, you can find these three great options at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky.
Jeep Wrangler: When you think of an off-road vehicle, you’re probably thinking about Jeep and, more specifically, the Wrangler — and with good reason. The Wrangler is basically synonymous with off-roading because of its Trail Rated capabilities that include water fording, ground clearance, articulation, traction, and maneuverability.
Toyota Tacoma: If you want a vehicle that can not only bring it on the trails but also serve as a trusted tool on the jobsite, the Toyota Tacoma is the way to go. The Tacoma’s TRD Pro trim augments the already-powerful Toyota truck with handy off-road features ready for your next adventure. Best yet, the Tacoma has plenty of towing capacity and cargo space in its sizeable bed for you to unlock even more utility.
Subaru Outback: For those of us that want to indulge with a fun weekend trip to the trails every once in a while but don’t think making off-roading their entire personality is necessary, the Outback makes a great choice. The nimble Subaru is equally adept on the commute and off-road, but doesn’t require the same level of commitment as some more intense off-roaders do.
For many people, one of the best things about fall is football season. Nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on your favorite teams and players while enjoying some delicious food. If you plan to do any tailgating in Kentucky, here are a few tips to help.
An important part of a good tailgate party is having a good parking spot. Pack early, like the night before, and leave early, so you can get a prime spot.
Keep Things Cold
To make the ice in your cooler last longer, put beverages in the refrigerator to get them cold first. You can also freeze water bottles. They work the same as loose ice and then melt to become a refreshing drink at the end of the day.
Check for Tickets
Before you leave the house, make sure you have your tickets. Check again before you start walking to the stadium.
Make a List
If you tailgate frequently, or would like to, keep a list of items you need to bring. Update it as you get more experienced.
Stay Powered Up
Make sure you have a charging cable for your phone. Consider brining a portable battery pack to charge your phone so you don’t drain your car’s battery. Also make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk.
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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.
There is so much to do in and around Paducah, so don’t be stuck without a reliable ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and peruse or vast selection of quality used vehicles.
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.
Looking for something to do this August, September, and October? These are the most exciting upcoming festivals in Kentucky:
Soul of 2nd Street Festival: Enjoy live music, food, beer, and more in the African American Business District of downtown Danville. The event runs on August 4th from 4 to 10 p.m.
Glier’s Goettafest: Held from August 2nd through 5th, this weekend event is said to be bigger than New Year’s Eve in Vegas. If you love goetta, this is the place to be.
Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival: The weekend of August 17th, head to Russell Springs, Kentucky, to enjoy the state’s own music—bluegrass. Performers include Sideline, Mosley and Company, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.
Fall Heritage Festival: Get in the autumnal spirit in Campbellsville on September 8th. The event will include crafts, live music, hay rides, food, exhibits, and animals.
KY State BBQ Festival – 2018: Kentucky barbecue is some of the best in the whole country. More than 20,000 people turn out for this annual event at the Wilderness Trail Distillery. This year’s event runs from September 7th to 9th.
Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K: On October 6th, head to Edmonton, Kentucky, to enjoy the fall weather with a refreshing 5K or just a walk through the booths and vendors while enjoying seasonal favorites and wearing your Halloween costume.
If you need a new ride to take out to all of these festivals, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.
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.
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.