From art and architecture to cuisine and quilts, travel experts across the country are taking note of the authentic, unexpected experiences that await in Paducah, Kentucky. Enjoy five of our favorite features from 2018 below to see why our UNESCO Creative City should be on your travel list in 2019!

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1. Under the Radar USA: Creativity & Culture in Paducah, Kentucky

Lonely Planet specializes in in-depth information on destinations and inspiring ideas on what to see and do. This primer on Paducah neighborhoods offers just that! Discover American authenticity in Historic Downtown, the artsy, creative enclave that is the Lower Town Arts District and Midtown Paducah, where old meets new. 

2. Why Visit Paducah? Because Artists, Preservationists and Foodies Think You Should

Syndicated coast to coast in 2018, this Lexington Herald-Leader article answers an "intriguing travel question." In case you missed it, read on as Patti Nickell weaves insights from a host of local creatives that portray the heart and soul of the Paducah experience. You don't have to take our word for it that Paducah is the place to be!

3. Take a Sneak Peek Inside this Museum of World-Famous Quilts

Martha Stewart knows best when it comes to handmade, artful, beautiful things including quilts! This interview with National Quilt Museum curator, Rachael Baar, offers an insider view of the magnificent works of art on view at the world-class fiber art museum. The stand-out schedule of special exhibitions in 2019 promises to awe quilters and non-quilters alike.

4. Former Chicago Chef Sara Bradley Competes on 'Top Chef' in Kentucky where her Paducah restaurant is worth the trip

Will travel for food? Who better than Paducahan Sara Bradley, competing on season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef, to expose the enticing elements of western Kentucky cuisine! Get to  know chef Sara and her farm-to-table restaurant, Freight House. Then allow her top picks for places to eat and drink, as shared with Chicago Tribune, to inspire your own foodie itinerary in the new year.

5. Unusual Cruise Destinations and How to Get There

Seychelles. Jeju Island. Paducah! Cruise Critic's profile of Paducah among unexpected ports of call around the world gives credence to American river cruising. Whether you arrive by passenger vessel at the foot of Broadway or by pleasure boat at the new City of Paducah Transient Boat Dock, the scenic riverfront is the perfect - and historic - place to start exploring Paducah.

Plan your 2019 Paducah Experience!

With the 35th annual Spring AQS QuiltWeek, the 40th season of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and the River's Edge International Film Festival 15th anniversary, 2019 is shaping up to be another banner year. Save the date for annual festivals and events, or preview our series of Inspiration Guides for evergreen itinerary planning insights.

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