We are excited that NKY is included in Condé Nast Traveler’s yearly evaluation of the best places to go in the U.S.! As our President and CEO Julie Kirkpatrick says, “We are thrilled to be included with some amazing destinations in Conde Nast’s Best Places to Go in 2023 list. Regionally, we all know that Northern Kentucky and the Cincy Region are a must-visit place. Now the whole world does too.”

Northern Kentucky is a “Must Visit” Destination

Citing our rich bourbon heritage, Condé Nast Traveler writes that our Northern Kentucky and Cincy region is a “must visit for whiskey lovers.”

The article notes how our local bourbon boom was kicked off by mixologist Molly Wellmann when she created the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar in Covington Ky.’s Mainstrasse Village. Then it goes on to highlight a handful of our bourbon hot spots.

Condé Nast Traveler Spotlights NKY Bourbon Spots:

Exterior photo of the Neeley Family Distillery with a green vintage car in front at sunsetNeeley Family Distillery

A still shaped like a fortune teller, under a gold theater awning at Second Sight SpiritsSecond Sight Spirits

The copper column still inside its glass tower at New Riff Distilling

New Riff Distilling

The glass windowed front of Revival Vintage Spirits with bourbon bottles visible through the windows and a wood sign with Revival written on it hanging over the door

And Revival Vintage Spirits.

Great local eats and an award-winning place to stay in Northern Kentucky

Mention is also made of our delicious local NKY food scene with Libby’s Southern Comfort and Agave & Rye getting shout-outs. If you’re looking for where to stay while visiting Northern Kentucky in 2023, Condé Nast Traveler recommends North, the new expansion at Hotel Covington, a boutique hotel in downtown Covington that was named The Best Hotel in Kentucky by U.S News & World Report.

Jaunt across the river to Ghost Baby in Cincy

A tunnel lit with white and pink lights with a sign at the end in blue reading ghost baby. Rows of barstools line the walls of the tunnel

And if you’re interested in even more great cocktail experiences, Condé Nast Traveler suggests heading across the Ohio River to Cincinnati for a drink at Ghost Baby, a sleek bar located five stories under the neighborhood of Over the Rhine, in one of Cincy’s historic lager tunnels.

Here’s the full article, “The 23 Best Places to Go in the U.S. in 2023”

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Northern Kentucky? Be sure to take a gander at our Events page.