Contest Announced to Choose Places for Kevin and Ken to Visit

All we know is that we’re starting in Louisville, Kentucky and driving for 5 days. We could end up anywhere from Canada to the Gulf before it’s over. Maybe even your town.

Come on. Give us some advice. Let us know where you think we should stop on our next trip. If we take your advice, you could be the recipient of a kenandkevin shirt, jacket or even more … if your advice is that great!

Time’s a wastin’. And the road trip is less than ONE WEEK AWAY!

Author: Kevster

Kevin Slimp

32 thoughts

  1. Anywhere on the seacoast of New Hampshire! The Big Bean Cafe in Newmarket, New Hampshire . . . Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire . . . La Festa Pizza Restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire . . . and those are just when you’re hungry! Crackskull’s Coffee and Books in Newmarket, New Hampshire if you need some good used books or great coffee.

  2. Kevin — Since you are starting in my hometown, be sure and check out Churchill Downs (my old stomping grounds). If you are there on a Saturday, drop by the Suburban Lodge on 3rd & Winkler — 3901 South 3rd Street– and have some the best fry fish you’ll ever taste (+wear your fez). Swing my Lexington, KY and see the beautiful horse farms. While you’re there, buy that vacant castle. I know you’ve always wanted a moat and draw bridge. And since you didn’t like my Cave City suggestion and staying in the concrete wigwam, take in Cumberland Falls near Corbin, KY. One of only two places in the world that has a “moon-bow.”

  3. Hmmm… Well, okay let’s see. Its almost October and its Autumn, so it would be a perfect time of the year to see some Fall Foliage. The New England states are perfect this time of the year. The weather is the perfect temperature and the surroundings are gorgeous. I visited Cape Cod to Maine about 5 years ago in the the Fall and loved it! And either on your way up or your way down you should check out the Scarehouse in Pittsburgh, PA. It was Voted one of the scariest Halloween attractions on the Travel Channel. Be the perfect Autumn Gateway!

  4. Come to Charlotte and see your old elementary school friend. I see alot of people suggesting food places. I can steer u to a few good ones here.

  5. Some suggestions: I have a super fun cousin, Debbie, in Pittsburgh PA, she can show you where to go (so to speak). I loved living in Maine. Many cool places such as Freeport where I saw John Travolta or Bath where a great old friend lives in a wonderful small town,

    Or go to The New River Gorge Bridge. A steel arch bridge 3,030 feet (924 m) long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. With an arch 1,700 feet (518 m) long, the New River Gorge Bridge was for many years the world’s longest arch bridge;[2] it is now the third longest. Cusoins Debbie and Donna gonna be there in 11 days. Guaranteed fun!!

  6. One more suggestions: Abbey of Gethsemani near Winchester, KY. Beautiful place and hang out with the monks. While there, pick up some bourbon fudge or fruitcake as a snack for the road. If you don’t like monks, go see the Sisters of Loretta.

  7. Ok, since you are starting your road trip in Louisville, KY, you must go to Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Be sure to get your own personalized bat. Then, you gotta go to Mammoth Caves Nat’l Park, SW of Louisville. On your way there, you could make a stop at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY south of Bardstown … they have tours, and get your very own wax-dipped bottle of bourbon.
    Going east to Lexington, make sure to visit Keeneland Race Track, and place a few wagers … fabulous horse racing. Eat at deSha’s at Main and Broadway. From Lexington, go up to OH, I stayed in Columbus for a week or so once and found this great German village there, and also the Brewery District is nearby, which may have some Octoberfest fun going on. They had some fantastic restaurants/pubs there … one was a renovated fire hall, pretty cool, and they might let you go down the fireman’s pole. A German restaurant with seating in the wine cellar makes for an interesting dining experience.
    After OH, I would make my way to Pittsburgh, and ride one of the inclines there. Then, go to Union station, aka Penn Station downtown. Oh, and there is the Andy Warhol museum there. Go to Heinz Field, where the Steelers play. You could also go to this small local amusement park there for kicks, called Kennywood Park.
    Next take the PA turnpike, the oldest turnpike in the USA. Make your way toward Hershey, PA and visit Hershey amusement park, where they often have concerts. Tour the Hershey candy factory while you are there and get free samples of chocolate. Stop in Lancaster County, to see the Amish and go to the PA Renaissance Faire, where you could see musical performances, magic acts, fire-breathing stunts, Shakespearean plays, just to name a few of the many shows. Enjoy period foods, micro-brewed ales and sweet wines from 23 Royal Kitchens or shop from scores of Renaissance merchants there. Then, be sure to stop in Reading (pronounced Redding), and do the self-guided Haunts and Hexes Ghost Trail. Next, you could go to the VF Outlet Center for some bargain shopping. Go see where the Reading Phillies play.
    Then, make your way to Philly and find a whole host of things to do, including eating Philly steaks at Geno’s, and partaking in the wild and weird atmosphere of South Street at night. Go see Lincoln Financial field, where the Eagles play. Be sure to check out Independence Hall and Liberty Bell while you are there. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and run the same steps as Rocky did. See some fantastic exhibits. Watch some rowing and view the row houses on the Schuykill River. That should be more than enough to fill up 5 days. Make the 10-hour drive back to Knoxville. Safe travels!

  8. ND baby! Road trip across the state on I94. Go from flat lands of Fargo to rolling hills of Bismarck, past the Badlands of Medora and make sure you stop in Steele 🙂 There is a town with a bar every 15 to 20 minutes. Clean air, kind people and sunsets you can see for miles. Show all these people ND is where it’s at!! I promise we have toilets, running water, electricity and shockingly enough… the internet!!

  9. 1. Drive a lot to get to Duluth, Minnesota.
    2. Stop in Duluth. Stand on the pier and watch the ore boats enter the Duluth harbor underneath the aerial lift bridge. Tour the William A. Irvin, a retired ore carrier. Eat at Grandma’s Restaurant in Canal Park beside the pier.
    3. Drive northeast on Highway 61 from Duluth. See Lake Superior in all its glory all the way up.
    4. Stop in Lutsen and take a gondola ride up Lutsen Mountains and see the vistas of maples, poplar, and birch on one side and incredible views of Lake Superior on the other.
    5. Drive to Grand Marais. Sip coffee on the deck at Java Moose and watch the sunshine sparkling on the lake in the harbor. Take a walk out to Artist’s Point and the lighthouse. Eat at The Pie Place Cafe (great food) or Angry Trout (sitting on the dock) or Sydney’s (fabulous outdoor oven margharita pizzas on roofside deck) or Sven & Ole’s (famous pizza place — you’ll see bumper stickers all over the world). Hike up to Pincushion Mountain and see the amazing views of the hills and Lake Superior. Drive 55 miles up the Gunflint Trail straight into the woods bordering the 1,000,000-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Stop at some lodges along the way and ask about the rugged individualists who settled here and the local characters who live here now. Get a chocolate malt, cheese curds, and a great burger at Trail Center halfway up.
    6. Breathe the incredible fresh air — more aromatic than anyplace else you’ve ever been. Sigh. Feel your muscles relax. Realize you should return.

  10. Addendum to my previous post about driving to Duluth and north:

    Drive up the Caribou Trail between Lutsen and Grand Marais and see the maples on fire.

  11. Kingsport, TN – OF COURSE! If for any reason, it would be to see me… 😉
    Leaves are starting to change. Bays Mountain is beautiful right now.

    • Kingsport: Dining with the Wolves
    Join us for what has become one of our most unique opportunities: the feeding of our wolves. For more information, call 423-229-9449.
    Wednesday, October 5th – 2:00 pm
    Bays Mountain Park

    • CORN MAZES right and left… or is it left and right? OH I know I’ll get lost!

    • I know it’s not KINGSPORT, but close enough…
    39th Annual National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough
    October 7th – 9th
    Join us for the 39th annual National Storytelling Festival, where tents and tellers can be found throughout our historic downtown district. The nation’s oldest and most dynamic event dedicated to the oral tradition of storytelling offers a wide variety of artists whose stories center on childhood, cultures and the world of imagination. For more information visit or call 1.800.952.8392.
    Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th
    6:00 pm
    Downtown HIstoric Disrict

    • Kingsport: Zip Line Ride
    Seeking an adventure? Enjoy a ride on our 300-foot zip line. $5.00 per ride per park member, $10.00 for non-members. Tickets purchased at Nature Center Gift Shop. Rides are at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. For more information, call 423-229-9449.
    Saturday, October 8th – 1:00 pm
    Bays Mountain Park

    • My son is doing this! I am SO PROUD of him!!
    KHK Martial Arts is hosting a Break-A-Thon for St. Jude Research Hospital. Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kingsport Town Center by the mall sign. Students will be breaking boards to raise money for the event.
    Saturday, October 8th – 10:00 am
    Kingsport Town Center

    Ok… so I’ll be out of town Thursday, Friday, and some of Saturday… but I thought you’d find some of this fun. HAVE A GREAT TIME!

  12. If you go north from Louisville, you could go to Santa Claus, Indiana.

    If you go south, stop by the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.

    Also you could follow the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visit Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve Distilleries (but I would tell Avis Car Rental you’d be visiting so many liquor manufacturers).

  13. Minnesota… You need to do the Zorbaz Tour when you are there! You get a t-shirt when you stop at all of them… And as an added bonus… They have great food 🙂

  14. The obvious choice would be MN… but I recently went to Glacier National Park out in NW Montana and just south in Columbia Falls they have the House of Mystery that is home to one of the few known paranormal vortex’s that let you stand sideways and a marble will roll uphill. Definitely worth a visit.

    Cosmos in South Dakota is another similar place and would be closer to you but Glacier is worth the drive 🙂

  15. Head south! ! Louisville, Bowling Green, Chattanogoga, Atlanta, Gainesville, Tampa, Sarasota, Ft Myers to NAPLES, FLORIDA!!! I will contact for publicity and we will meet you at the Pier. PICK ME, PICK ME!!!!

  16. Come on down to the great state of Texas! Visit Galveston island while its still warm! The best seafood, awesome view of the gulf whit the sweet charm of Southern hospitality! Come visit us in Galveston, Texas!! Hope to see ya’ll!

  17. They have a haunted forest in Jonesboro, and a haunted corn maze, just down the road, and you can catch the story telling festival. And as big of a story tellers as you guys are, they might have you as a head liner.

    They are racing in Kansas this weekend, have you ever been there?

    I have always wanted to go to Vegas, maybe Delta could get you there? Or you could book a flight, then drive on out!

    The Vols are playing Georgia, but that wouldn’t be much of a road trip, they are playing at home.

    They are having a food and wine festival at Epcot in Orlando.

    Bungie jump off that big bridge in West Virginia.

    So much to do, which way to go?

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