Destination: Red River Gorge, KYThis natural wonder, with more than 100 soaring sandstone arches and overhanging cliffs, is one of the South’s best-kept secrets. (Don’t even tell your friends.) Near Slade, Kentucky, it’s about an hour’s drive from Lexington.
Stay: Book a room at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, or rent a riverside cabin at Red River Adventure.
Eat: Stop by Miguel’s Pizza, known among rock climbers as the place to eat in Slade. End an active day by chowing down on this legendary gourmet pizza served in a bohemian atmosphere.
Play: If you’re a rock-climbing enthusiast, you’ll love the thousands of climbing routes to explore. Or take a scenic paddling tour from Red River Adventure.