National Travel and Tourism Week May 7-13 2023

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week in NKY – May 7-13, 2023

2023 marks the 40th Anniversary of National Travel and Tourism Week. Travel is a key economic driver in the U.S. including the NKY and Cincy Region. In 2022 travel powered 15 million jobs across the country with 12,000 of them here in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Celebrate the power and fun of travel with us by visiting some of the unique attractions, award-winning restaurants, and fascinating things to do in NKY during Travel and Tourism week!

A crowd of runners starting to race under a banners that says start at the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Oh.Kicking off with the 25th Anniversary of the Flying Pig Marathon

Our local marathon turns 25 years old in 2023! Enter this historic race or cheer on those who do the weekend of May 5-7. In addition to the Big Race, there’s a half-marathon, a 10K, and a 5K race.

A tractor trailer decorated with the American flag

Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit Comes to Florence, Ky.

We’re thrilled to announce a unique 9/11 exhibit travelling to Florence, Ky from May 6 to May 14, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit, created by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. In their own words,

This high-tech, 83-foot tractor trailer transforms into an 1100 square foot exhibit to educate people about September 11, 2001. It is a tribute to all who lost their lives that day and from 9/11-related illnesses. Members of the FDNY, which lost 343 of its members on 9/11, provide first-hand accounts of the day and its aftermath. Visitors can hear audio recordings of first responder radio transmissions and see one-of-a-kind artifacts, including pieces of World Trade Center steel, aluminum façade from the buildings and items recovered from the rubble after the Twin Towers collapsed.

Join us at the opening ceremony for the exhibit on Saturday, May 6 at 11 am. The exhibit will then be open May 6-14, from 12pm - 6pm, except Friday May 12, when it will close at 4pm to allow the NYC Firefighter team to attend the Florence Y'alls First Responders Night (more below.) 

pitcher throwing a pitch from a pitcher's mound at a Florence Y'alls baseball game in florence ky

Florence Y’alls Opening Day and First Responders Night

Our NKY baseball team, the Florence Y’alls home opener is May 11 at 6:30 pm. The next night, May 12 at 7:03 pm is First Responders Night. Gates will open at 5:00 pm for a pre-game happy hour with DJ, followed by a special pregame ceremony honoring first responders at 6:20 pm. First responders and their families get to see the game for free! Just show an ID or badge at the gate.

The bourbon bar at Smoke Justis with six shelves of bourbon in the center, surrounded by a wooden bar seated with many customers

Celebrate Travel and Tourism Week on The B-Line®

Did you know we have our very own bourbon trail here in Northern Kentucky? The B-Line® is comprised of bourbon distilleries (all 5 of which are also on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®), restaurants with bourbon-infused menus, and the best bourbon bars in the U.S. according to the Bourbon Review.

Bouquet Restaurant in the heart of Mainstrasse Village

Enjoy award-winning cuisine in NKY Restaurants

A delicious way to celebrate awaits you in the significant variety of places to eat in Northern Kentucky. Our top of the line, gourmet farm-to-table restaurants like Bouquet and The Baker’s Table have won numerous awards and so have our hole-in-the-wall local favorites like Bard’s Burgers and The Anchor Grill.  

Two women laughing on the Newport Ky. riverwalk with the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio river behind them

Unique Things to Do in NKY

Northern Kentucky offers unique attractions. To name just a few of them:

 The Newport Aquarium, named one of the Top 10 Aquariums in the U.S. by USA Today

Newport on the Levee – next to the Aquarium, enjoy stunning views of the Cincinnati skyline while grabbing a tasty bite to eat or refreshing drink at Bridgeview Box Park. Wander the rest of Newport on the Levee to enjoy bowling, video games, catching a movie, or a variety of one-of-a-kind shopping.

The Ark Encounter - This jaw-dropping architectural achievement - the largest timber-frame structure in the world - is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Williamstown at the gateway to Bluegrass Country. 

If you want to make a true staycation of National Travel and Tourism Week, check out our page of NKY hotels. And it's always a fun idea to see what events are happening in the NKY and Cincy Region by checking out our meetNKY Events page

Happy travels!