"When we travel, we stretch ourselves by learning new experiences, and UNESCO Creative Cities are perfect starting points. These UNESCO Creative Cities give travelers a taste of American cuisine, art, design, and music.

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky., draws visitors from dozens of countries annually. Since the museum's 1991 opening more than 300 publications have described the museum efforts to introduce fiber arts to new audiences, and the facility frequently rotates more than 500 jaw-dropping contemporary pieces. No wonder Paducah, with a population of less than 30,000, was selected as a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts & Folk Art in 2013."

By Lisa Waterman Gray, AAA Midwest Traveler

Read this full feature to discover Paducah and other U.S. Creative Cities that exemplify diverse and authentic American heritage!