12 Midwest Backroad Scenic Drives
The drive: The foothills around Kentucky's Folk Arts and Crafts Capital (35 miles south of Lexington) seem to breed creativity. Driving outside Berea, it feels as if you can't pass a faded tobacco barn or gravel turnoff without seeing a sign pointing to a country studio or gallery. Narrow State-89 Scenic Byway winds through the hills past Kentucky's iconic black tobacco barns, but the countryside is beautiful throughout the region, with sleek Kentucky horses grazing beneath the Appalachian hills.
Worth a stop: Campus tours are available at Berea College, where students learn traditional skills such as broom-making and wrought-iron work to help pay tuition. You'll also find fabulous arts and crafts in shops in Berea's College Square or Old Town Artisan Village, as well as at the Kentucky Artisan Center and at locations near Berea such as Tater Knob Pottery (left). But it's not all about shopping. The Appalachian hills also inspire quiet contemplation.
For information: Contact the Berea Tourism Center. (800) 598-5263; berea.com