A family looks into the penguin exhibit at Newport Aquarium in the Northern Kentucky River Region

Interstate 71

  • Bourbon, Horses & History
  • Northern Kentucky River Region
100 miles

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly side trip, horse farm tours, or a unique place to stay the night, there are many Kentucky gems along Interstate 71.

You can get a little bit of everything Kentucky has to offer along Interstate 71, which journeys from the urban center of Louisville of the Bourbon, Horses, & History Region through the picturesque Northern Kentucky River Region and showcases towns nestled along the Ohio River. Dive into one-of-a-kind adventures that will satisfy everyone from craft bourbon and beer sippers to botanical garden enthusiasts. Explore historic Main Streets, learn about Underground Railroad history at Oldham County History Center, mingle with horses on 13 farm tours in the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky, or tour one of the nation’s top-ranked aquariums in Newport. Along the way, stop for delicious home cooking and rest your head at inns and lodges that offer genuine Southern hospitality.

Must-Stops on Interstate 71

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Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

528 W. Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

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Louisville MEGA Cavern

1841 Taylor Ave.
Louisville, KY 40280

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Our Best Restaurant

5728 Smithfield Road
Smithfield, KY 40068

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Oldham Farm Tours Information

6826 W. State Highway 22
Crestwood, KY 40014

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Oldham County History Center

106 N. Second Ave.
La Grange, KY 40031

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Historic La Grange Main Street Shopping District - Trains

127 E. Main Street
La Grange, KY 40031

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Kentucky Artisan Distillery

6230 Old Lagrange Rd
Crestwood, KY 40014

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Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

6220 Old LaGrange Rd.
Crestwood, KY 40014

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General Butler State Resort Park

1608 Hwy. 227
Carrollton, KY 41008

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Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

3380 Beaver Road
Union, KY 41091

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Creation Museum

2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd.
Petersburg, KY 41080

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Newport Aquarium

1 Levee Way
Newport, KY 41011

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The B-Line

50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 200
Covington, KY 41011


There’s enough to see and do in the Derby City to fill an entire vacation. But if you’re just passing through, we’ve got a few must-stop suggestions. Get a taste of Kentucky’s signature spirit at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, a key stopping point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and the Urban Bourbon Experiences. Here you can sip a variety of bourbons and take a distillery tour of this famous fixture of Louisville’s Whiskey Row.

You’ll have to go underground to see one of Louisville’s most amazing sights. If you’ve got a need for speed, embark on a true adventure at Louisville MEGA Cavern & MEGA Zips. This one-of-a-kind attraction is set deep below the city in a massive limestone cavern, which is home to six fully underground ziplines, challenge bridges and other activities that will get your heart racing with excitement.


Just outside Louisville, you’ll find good country cooking and a local, family-friendly atmosphere at Our Best Restaurant. This local institution since 1990 serves up everything from fried green tomatoes to homemade meatloaf to country ham, plus salads, sandwiches and more to keep you fueled for your drive.


Oldham County is known as the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky, with 14 farms featuring educational tours, horse shows and more. You’ll even find buffalo, alpacas and botanical gardens in this pastoral wonderland. Learn about all the sites at Oldham Farm Tours Welcome Center.

La Grange

You’ve never seen a sight quite like the one in downtown La Grange, where freight trains run right down the center of Main Street. In the middle of it all, the Historic La Grange Main Street Shopping District is home to a unique collection of local shops, eateries and art galleries, with plenty of character to go around.


General Butler State Resort Park is a jewel of the Kentucky State Parks system. Hiking, biking, paddling and mini-golf are great ways to stretch your legs from driving, but the main attraction here is the hilltop Butler Lodge; with rich woodwork and soaring windows looking out onto the sweeping Ohio River Valley, the lodge offers 53 handsome guest rooms and a lounge where you can sip Kentucky bourbons and moonshines.


The Creation Museum in Boone County has become a mecca for travelers seeking a greater understanding of biblical history. This 75,000-square-foot museum pulls out all the stops to bring events depicted in the Bible to life, with a planetarium, botanical gardens and amazing animatronic displays that were developed by a former Universal Studios designer. Nearby, in Union, visit Big Bone Lick State Park.  


The last stop in Kentucky before crossing the Ohio River into Cincinnati, Ohio, is the city of Newport, where you’ll find vibrant dining, nightlife and attractions for the whole family at places like Newport on the Levee. One such attraction is the Newport Aquarium, which has been ranked as one of the top aquariums in the U.S. See everything from rare shark rays to penguins, as well as dive shows, feedings and touch tanks that will give the little ones all the feels. Or visit one or more stops on The B-Line and explore the taste and heritage of Kentucky Bourbon.  

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