Paducah is a creative hub at the heart of America’s inland waterways and one of only nine UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States. The city is known for exquisite fiber art, rich culture, and excellent hospitality—a special place where art is a way of life and history comes alive through beautifully preserved architecture. With a wide array of cultural attractions, a rich history dating to the early 19th century, and a thriving culinary scene, Paducah truly has something for everyone. Small-town hospitality meets big-city amenities in Paducah, and visitors look forward to returning.

Situated in Western Kentucky, Paducah was founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark Expedition fame. Known as Quilt City USA®, Paducah is home to The National Quilt Museum and serves as an incubator for the fiber arts community. The museum encompasses 30,000 square feet of contemporary gallery space and is the largest of its kind in the world. Year-round workshops by world-class instructors consistently draw quilters from all over to the museum.

 The Carson Center

Paducah is also home to The Carson Center, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, which hosts Broadway hits, dramas, dance companies, traveling productions and well-known entertainers year-round.

Paducah, Kentucky is a creative hub

While in town, check out some of our great food and beverage establishments, including Freight House, a farm-to-table restaurant, serving up traditional Southern flavors, paired with locally sourced meats and garden-fresh fare. Also, popular, Kirchhoff’s Bakery & Deli, Paducah’s fifth-generation German bakery, prepares traditional old world and time-tested family recipes for breads, cookies and cakes.

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If you’re planning your trip for spring, save the date for the next total solar eclipse to cross Paducah, Kentucky on April 8, 2024! This exciting celestial phenomenon happens as the moon completely blocks the sun. Paducah will be in darkness for approximately 1 minute and 52 seconds for the April 2024 eclipse.