Red River Gorge, KY
Distance from Louisville: 140 miles east; 2.5-hour drive.
Why it made our list: 1) pizza 2) contraband beer (check the “pro tip”), and 3) rock-climbing. Could you plan a more manly weekend getaway than that? The Red River Gorge is a canyon system located on the Red River. This intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges -- making it ideal for hiking, climbing, and -- let’s be real -- Instagram photos #onewithnature. Food-wise, all you really need is Miguel’s Pizza, the Red River Gorge go-to.
Pro tip: Technically, Powell County, where Red River Gorge located, is a dry county, but you can get your fix from the C&S Carry Out’s “Beer Trailer,” located about 10 miles out of the gorge and complete with a decent selection of domestic and imported beers.