Owensboro, Kentucky, sits in the crook of the bend of the Ohio River, which led 18th-century settlers to originally call it “Yellowbanks,” for the yellow sands located along the river. The long, hot summers provide outdoor enthusiasts plenty of opportunities for water sports, hiking, biking, or simply enjoying one of the area’s many parks. Nature enthusiasts might also enjoy the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden or visiting the World’s Largest Sassafras Tree. The city is also known for the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, and Owensboro Museum of Science and History. Wineries, distilleries, farms, and orchards offer tours, and the city hosts the Owensboro PumpkinFest each year. The Owensboro-Daviess Regional Airport is located just minutes from the business district in Owensboro. The airport offers flights to Sanford and Orlando, Florida, on Allegiant Airlines and to St. Louis and Nashville on Cape Air. The Louisville, Kentucky, airport is located less than 100 miles from Owensboro.
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