A romantic weekend getaway is the perfect way to rekindle that spark with your sweetheart and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Many Louisville vacation rentals are situated close to historic sites such as the Owensboro Bridge or Elizabethtown’s Civil War battlefields, as well as the picturesque natural areas around the Kentucky River. Look forward to intimate dinners in Lexington, or outdoor attractions in Bowling Green. Check out the most romantic cities and towns surrounding Louisville.

1. Owensboro

Your inner artist can fuel up with a weekend getaway to Owensboro – a mecca for creativity with the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art within close proximity of luxurious vacation rentals. Browse through the collections, then listen to the musical wonders on display at the International Bluegrass Music Museum with your significant other. Take a romantic stroll to the Owensboro Bridge to capture the perfect photo of your trip, or admire the blooming flowers with a walk through the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden. Plan your romantic getaway in October and attend the Haunts of Owensboro tour after making the one hour and 45-minute drive from Louisville.

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2. London

Turn your romantic getaway into a unique sightseeing tour when making London your vacation destination. This quirky town, located two hours and 45 minutes from Louisville, hosts the World Chicken Festival each year that includes fried chicken served in the downtown streets to honor Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. After some scrumptious eats, work off those calories together when biking at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, or wander the grounds of the Camp Wildcat Battlefield. The adventure seekers can sign up for a ziplining excursion with Tree Top Adventures to get a better view of the London area.

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3. Bowling Green

It takes a little under two hours to reach the historic city of Bowling Green that is home to the Civil War Discovery Trail – an ideal destination for couples who love the outdoors. Enjoy the spring and summer temperatures when biking the Low Hollow Bike Trail with rentals from Breck’s Bicycle Shop, or tour the Historic Ballpark and Train Museum when winter weather takes over on your romantic getaway. Treat the car enthusiast to a tour of the National Corvette Museum before opting for some comfort food together at Double Dogs.

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4. Paducah

Head toward the border of Illinois to reach the quaint city of Paducah for a romantic getaway. In just over three hours, you can romance the love of your life for the weekend when popping the question on the Paducah Riverwalk or toasting your love at the Purple Toad Winery. Spend your weekend taking romantic strolls through the downtown area that is home to the National Quilt Museum and specialty shops, or buy something special for that someone special when shopping at the Kentucky Oaks Mall. Indulge in some fine dining with a romantic Italian dinner at Cynthia’s Ristorante before retreating back to your rustic vacation rental for the evening.

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5. Frankfort

In less than an hour, you and your sweetheart can admire views of the Kentucky River when making Frankfort your vacation destination for the weekend. Snuggle up in a rustic cabin during the morning before heading out to explore the wildlife at the Salato Wildlife Center. Make a splash in the river when renting kayaks from Canoe Kentucky, or hike the state parks in the area to soak up some more sun. If you and your mate are avid golfers, get in 18 holes at the Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course before treating your sweetie to something sweet at the Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory.

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6. Lexington

Couples who have a keen interest in equestrian activities must choose the “horse capital of the world” for their romantic weekend vacation destination. Lexington, located a little more than an hour away from Louisville, offers horse racing and equestrian activities year round at the Keeneland race courses and the Kentucky Horse Park. Learn more about these majestic animals together when touring the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm when the weather is warm, or escape the cold winters of Kentucky with a historic tour of the Mary-Todd Lincoln House or the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Top off a weekend evening with a romantic dinner for two at Bella Notte.

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7. Elizabethtown

A 45-minute drive to Elizabethtown takes you away from the big city of Louisville and puts you and your significant other in the midst of a historic Kentucky city that is home to the site of the 1862 Civil War battle and the Hardin County History Museum for you to explore together. Fuel your creativity with an entertaining performance at the Historic State Theater Complex in the evenings, and spend your days fueling your outdoor nature with hikes on the Bourbon Trial. Mammoth Cave gives you a chance to bundle up and see natural formations with your sweetie, while the nearby Freeman Lake offers you a chance to get some fun in the sun.

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