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Covington (Kentucky)

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Covington [1] is a city in Kentucky's Northern Ohio River Region, located across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest city in Northern Kentucky.

Covington is pretty much the southern side of Cincinnati, with similar architecture and a shared history linked by the historic Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River. Like is eastern neighbor Newport it has profited from recent revitalization.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. (Exit 4, State Route 212) Phone: +1-(859) 767-3151 (info@cvgairport.com), [2]. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA: CVG; ICAO: KCVG) is in nearby Hebron, Kentucky.
  • Port Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH) in Columbus, Dayton International Airport (IATA: DAY) in Dayton, and Louisville International Airport (IATA: SDF) in Louisville are also options for travelers.

By car[edit]

Covington is accessible by Interstate 71/75 via Exits 192 (Fifth Street-- Covington/Ludlow) and 190 (Twelfth Street--Newport/Covington). Covington's street grid numbers southbound — away from the river — whereas Cincinnati's grid numbers northbound. That causes confusion for some travelers coming in from the interstate. The first Fifth Street ramp, when traveling northbound (from Kentucky) is Covington. The next one, labeled "Fifth Street Downtown", is Cincinnati's Fifth Street.

By train[edit]

Amtrak [3] offers passenger train service from key U.S. cities. The nearest station is in Cincinnati, at Union Terminal/Cincinnati Museum Center.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound [4] offers passenger bus service from many U.S. cities. Buses arrive and depart from Greyhound's station in downtown Cincinnati.
  • Megabus, 4th Street at Race Street (North side of 4th Street at Race Street, Downtown Cincinnati), +1-877-GO2-MEGA, [5]. Megabus is a budget bus company offering service to Cincinnati from Chicago, Indianapolis, and Columbus. Fares start at $1. Covington is close enough to the stop that it should be pretty easy to get to by public transportation or taxi  edit

Get around[edit]

  • Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) [6]. Provides bus service in Northern Kentucky and has several routes that crosses the Ohio River into Cincinnati.
    • The Southbank Shuttle which is provided by TANK provides regular bus service from Downtown Cincinnati to the Covington and Newport Riverfronts. For more information on times and stops check the Southbank Shuttle website here.
    • TANK Sales Office; Mercantile Building; 120 East 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH; Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM;

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption; 1140 Madison Avenue; Phone: (859) 431-2060; [7]; Hours: Daily: 10 AM - 4 PM (Mass held Mon. - Fri. at 10 AM; Sat. at 4:30 PM; and Sun. 10 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM) the Diocese of Covington's home cathedral and a replica of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the cathedral.
  • Railway Exposition Museum; 315 W. Southern Avenue; (859) 491-RAIL;
  • The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, 1 Roebling Way (Downtown, near the hotels and the Roebling Suspension Bridge), [8]. Unique condo tower designed by famous architect Daniel Libeskind who designed the original concept for the replacement for the World Trade Center. Though it is a private residence, one should see it from the outside as it is one of the most unique buildings in the entire region.  edit
  • The Doors of MainStrasse Village, (Mainstrasse), +1-(859)-655-9571, [9]. spend a fantasy filled afternoon exploring the charming village of MainStrasse. Hidden away amongst the shops, restaurants and homes, you will find the enchanting whimsical Fairy Doors of MainStrasse Village.  edit
  • Mainstrasse Village, From about 5th St to Pike on Main Street (Off I-75 to 5th street), [10]. MainStrasse Village is a festival/entertainment district known for numerous bars, historic architecture, its famous Goebel Park Bell Tower and its German Heritage. A walking tour is available on its website.  edit
  • Riverside Drive Historic District, (East of the Roebling Bridge North of 6th St). One of the oldest neighborhoods remaining in the Cincinnati area, with many charming houses dating from the early to mid 1800s. Because it was built on a bluff and less flood prone than many other places around the river, there are lots of stately old mansions with a blend of Antebellum South and early Mid-Atlantic style architecture. This area is known to house the birthplace of Boy Scouts of America founder Daniel Carter Beard (which there is a small memorial to, though the house is a private residence). Its also great for an afternoon stroll along the river with George Rogers Clark Park being a popular spot for weddings.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Dog Costume Parade (Mainstrasse Village) Held in October, near Halloween. This listing will serve either as an enticement or a warning, depending on your personal philosophies.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Second Sunday Antiques Marketplace (Sixth Street Promenade) [11]. Held from 9am - 3pm on the second Sunday of most months (from May to August and also October), in the MainStrasse Village.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Anchor Grill; 438 Pike St.; Phone: (859) 431-9498. This 24-hour diner is known for its cheap food and unique clientele. The later you go the more interesting it gets. Not much has changed since this greasy spoon opened its doors in 1946. Pick a song on the table-mounted jukebox and see Barbie and her mechanized band perform it live!
  • Old Town Cafe & Catering, 9 West Pike St., Old Town Plaza, 859-291-0664, [12]. Proudly bills itself as the cafe where the power brokers of Northern Kentucky eat — when they're in the mood for cheap sandwiches and burgers, that is. There's a Fish Fry on Fridays.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

  • Chez Nora, 530 Main Street (MainStrasse Village), 859-491-8027, [13]. 11AM-1AM daily. Includes live music at the Rooftop Terrace Bar & Jazz Club. Banquet space available.  edit
  • Greyhound Tavern, 2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell,, 859-331-3767 (), [14]. M-Th 11AM-10PM; F-Sa 11AM-midnight; Sun 10AM-9PM. Established 1921 and located in a beautiful old building, but with very modern prices.  edit
  • Riverview Revolving Restaurant, 668 W 5th St (Off I-71/I-75 right before the Brent Spence Bridge), +1-(859)-491-5300, [15]. 10:30am-10pm, reservations recommended. Revolving restaurant over a hotel overlooking downtown Cincinnati. Come here for the view more than the food, though the menu does offer some local items such as Cincinnati Chili and Greaters Ice Cream. $25-$50.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Unlike Ohio, for better or for worse, Kentucky still allows smoking in its bars. Some bars in Ohio complained about bars in Kentucky stealing their business due to this ordinance, though if you don't like smoke be warned that it does exist here.


Liquor Stores[edit]

People in the Cincinnati area flock to Northern Kentucky for its cheaper and more plentiful alcohol due to its looser liquor laws. As a result the riverfronts of both Covington and Newport have many large liquor stores that cater to Cincinnatians who are looking to stock up for a big party. Travelers who prefer to drink in their hotel room should check out some of these local stores, particularly for their excellent selection of Kentucky Bourbon.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Covington's hotels draw a lot of visitors from Cincinnati. Many of them identify themselves as Cincinnati hotels in their names, despite their location in Covington.

  • Courtyard Cincinnati Covington, 500 West 3rd Street · Covington, Kentucky 41011 USA, 1-859-491-4000, [16]. The Courtyard Cincinnati Covington Hotel offers comfortable accommodations for business or leisure. Located across the river from downtown Cincinnati, the hotel in Covington, Kentucky is near Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds), US Bank Arena and Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals). Business travelers will appreciate guest rooms equipped with high-speed Internet and convenience to many area businesses, including the headquarters of Kroger, Macy's and Procter & Gamble. Perfect for work or unwinding, the hotel's redesigned lobby makes the most of your time with flexible spaces, free Wi-Fi and easy access to the latest news and airport conditions via our GoBoard. Gather with colleagues at The Bistro and enjoy fresh options for breakfast including Starbucks® beverages or dinner with cocktails. With plenty of flexible meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and Duke Energy Center, you'll find everything you need for a productive meeting.  edit

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Radisson Hotels. Both Radisson hotels are located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio river with one at the airport and the other in Covington. Rooms are around $100 - $150.
  • Courtyard Cincinnati Covington, 500 West 3rd Street, +1 859 491-4000, Fax: +1 859 491-8700, [17].
  • Holiday Inn, 600 W Third Street, +1 859 291-4300, [18].
  • Embassy Suites Cincinnati at RiverCenter, 10 East RiverCenter Blvd, +1 859 261-8400, [19].

Splurge[edit]

  • Marriott Cincinnati at RiverCenter, 10 West RiverCenter Boulevard, Phone: (859) 261-2900 or 1-800-266-6605, Fax: (859) 261-0900 - containing a Marriot and Embassy Suites, as well as the Northern Kentucky Convention Center is located near the foot of the historic John Roebling Suspension Bridge, which connects Cincinnati and Covington's downtown areas. $200+/ night.[20]

Get out[edit]

Routes through Covington
Columbus/DaytonCincinnati  N noframenoframe S  Fort WrightLouisville/Lexington
Van WertCincinnati  N noframe S  Fort WrightFrankfort




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