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25 Travel Photos That Show the Exciting Side of Paducah, Kentucky

Browse through these 25 travel photos and decide for yourself: do you want to visit Paducah, Kentucky?

By Jason Barnette | Travel writer and photographer with 15+ years of road tripping experience

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There is always that first time you visit a destination even if you’ve been so many times you can’t remember it. I have a few destinations like that that predate my career as a travel writer and photographer. But I will never forget my first visit to Paducah, Kentucky.

I spent three days exploring the gorgeous city by the Ohio River, and after escaping across the river to Metropolis for a couple days I came back for one more go at Paducah. It’s the kind of place that is effortlessly comfortable and ultimately amazing.

Here are my 25 favorite travel photos that show the exciting side of Paducah, Kentucky.

The Whitehaven Welcome Center is the only interstate welcome center in the country located inside an historic home.
Visitors can take guided tours of the Whitehaven Mansion.
Paducah is that perfect mix of small town atmosphere with bigger city offerings.
The sidewalks in downtown Paducah are wide, clean, and comfortable.
A lot of events happen right here at Maiden Alley.
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John’s Pass Carriage Service will give you an awesome viewpoint during a guided tour through the city.
The open air carriage is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the beauty of Paducah.
A lot of the buildings downtown featured some gorgeous architecture.
I found a whole new appreciate for fabric art after touring the National Quilt Museum.
The Market House Museum is a wonderful collection of artifacts from throughout Paducah’s history.

READ MORE: The Paducah Wall to Wall Mural in Kentucky

The two-story Market House Museum has plenty of amazing things to see and learn.
Paducah Beer Werks set up shop in an old bus station and they decided to keep some of the decor!
Paducah Beer Werks has a pretty good selection of craft beers to enjoy.
Dry Ground Brewing Company is another great place to enjoy some craft beer…
…with interesting handles on their taps…

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and visitors can place an order from Mellow Mushroom next door and they will deliver it!
The Moonshine Company was a great place to sample some local moonshine and they have a pretty interesting museum to explore.
“On the Trail to Discovery” was an intriguing statue to admire.
The gorgeous Wall to Wall Murals in Paducah are one of the biggest attractions in town.
The floodwalls were beautifully painted by muralist Robert Dafford who depicted scenes throughout Paducah’s history.

READ MORE: The Unique Antebellum Era Welcome Center in Paducah, Kentucky

People stop to admire the Wall to Wall Murals.
You’ll see a lot of riverboats and barges traveling the Ohio River near Paducah.
Riverboats. So many riverboats.
Sit back at the Paducah Riverfront Park to enjoy a cool summer evening.
Bring a picnic. Sit by the water. Watch the riverboats.

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