We all know Kentucky is a pretty cool state. We have impressive state parks, excellent college basketball, the best taste in drinks and we know how to live life with an unbridled spirit. But if you’re looking for a place that is truly unique and has that rare cool-factor that just makes everything about it seem special, then you’re looking for Paducah – a small town along the Ohio River in western Kentucky. Paducah is known as a haven for creative minds, which it is, along with so much more.

The economic impact of tourism has grown to more than $14.5 billion in 2016, Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum announced today. Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005.  All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016.