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Expect Wall-to-Wall Inspiration in Paducah, Kentucky

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Finding a city that ignites inspiration and excitement at every corner is rare. Your work event needs more than just a windowless conference room — you need a setting that exudes a creative spirit, full of stunning views, historic landmarks and a hospitable attitude that practically makes every attendee feel right at home.

Paducah, KY, delivers on all fronts with a rich culture that permeates every aspect of life in this vibrant Southern community. One of just nine UNESCO Creative Cities in the United States, the atmosphere you will discover in the heart of America’s Inland Waterways is sure to transform your next meeting into a memorable affair attendees will talk about for years. Gather in spacious, versatile meeting venues that range from modern conference centers stacked with state-of-the-art technology to repurposed historic venues through which the history of Paducah emanates from the very walls. Then, rest up for the busy days ahead with more than 30 comfortable lodging options — including more than 2,000 hotel rooms in a 5-mile radius.

One of the largest convention complexes in Western Kentucky and conveniently located adjacent to the city’s historic Downtown, the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center features more than 100,000 square feet of space.

But Paducah is not all business — you will be amazed at how the culture of this city can impact and inspire your meeting attendees. Here, charming attractions boast a unique blend of history, art and natural beauty, offering something for everyone to experience and create long-lasting memories. Start with more than 60 “Wall to Wall” Murals adorning the floodwall along the Ohio and Tennessee rivers, illustrating the city’s fascinating past through the masterful brushstrokes of Robert Dafford and his team. Venture into the city and discover breathtaking quilts from around the United States — and the world — at the National Quilt Museum. A doorway to the contemporary quilt experience, this fiber arts mecca will leave attendees awestruck by the hand-sewn masterpieces hanging in these hallowed halls. At the Hotel Metropolitan, history comes to life in this restored 1908 hotel where guests can hear the stories of some of America’s most famous African American entertainers and luminaries who stopped to rest here, including Louis Armstrong, Ike and Tina Turner, and Thurgood Marshall.

With a variety of bars and restaurants around the city, work colleagues have plenty of options to gather between meetings.

For those searching for a unique souvenir to remember their time in Paducah, a thriving downtown full of boutique shops offers everything from Paducah-made creations to reclaimed treasures. Charming restaurants feature vast menus full of delicious, mouthwatering recipes that put bold, creative spins on generations-old flavors, from locally sourced culinary works of art to the smokey and tangy taste of Western Kentucky’s signature style of BBQ. Add immersive, hands-on experiences and a vibrant nightlife full of craft cocktails and live music and you’ll be amazed at how this UNESCO Creative City will impact and inspire your next meeting.

Retail therapy in Paducah means exploring locally owned stores and boutiques occupying historic storefronts — and an opportunity to find the perfect souvenir.

More Reason to Meet in Paducah

  • 20 flexible meeting spaces along the riverfront in Downtown Paducah
  • Brand-name, historic and boutique-style lodging
  • Access to signature experiences that bring local art, culture and history to life

Find the perfect fit for your convention, meeting or event with the help of our complimentary planning services today! Contact Lynda Peters-Jones, Director of Sales, at

Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

128 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001