Your most memorable agreements have all been made not with ink and paper, but with a firm grasp of another’s hand and smiling eyes. It’s from these moments that you know big things are to come. The expedition that would change the course of America began with a simple handshake along the banks of the Ohio River. Clarksville, Indiana, isn’t just where the Hoosier State and Tennessee meet along the riverbanks; it is also where Lewis and Clark met to begin their famous expedition. This crossroads in the country’s heartland embodies the ultimate American ideal: gently flowing rivers, wide-open spaces, and neighbors who know your name. Hotels in Clarksville, IN are just across the river from Louisville, KY, giving you the best of both worlds—and that can only be a good thing.
The famous expeditioners began their days with journal entries like "A fair morning; set a party to look for timber," but you needn’t put forth such effort. Clarksville hotels will have everything you need for a superb start to the day. Explorer Josiah Espy called this land "one of the handsomest seats in the world." These days, the Falls of the Ohio State Park are still a sight to behold: this is the largest exposed fossil bed of its type in the world. Black-crowned night herons and brightly colored orioles soar through the sugar maples overhead as you let the scents of wild ginger, garlic, and pawpaws inspire you—perhaps to your next meal.
Don’t miss the statue commemorating that famous handshake, then do some exploring of your own with one of our rental cars in Clarksville. Just across the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge lie all the temptations of Louisville, from the raucous revelry of baseball to quiet strolls through the peaceful Waterfront Park. Lewis and Clark may have "closed the day with an extra gill of whiskey," but all you need, traveler, are comfortable hotels in Louisville.
You can feel like a true adventurer on your next vacation without lifting a finger thanks to Travelocity’s incredible selection of hotels near Clarksville, IN. Book today and ready your camera. Simple journal entries aren’t going to be enough to pay tribute to these new memories.