JNC Travel Information

About Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky, the top of the South & the end of the North, is perfectly situated along the Ohio River across from big sister Cincinnati. Encompassing the historic towns of Newport and Covington as well as the suburban centers along the Covington/Cincinnati International Airport, NKY is a strong part of the Cincinnati USA region with its roots firmly planted in Kentucky. Northern Kentucky is less than a half-day car ride, and a two-hour flight from 60% of the U.S. population!

NKY shares a riverfront with Cincinnati. From hotels in Covington or Newport, it’s only a 10-minute walk across a bridge to all the nightlife, hustle & bustle of downtown Cincinnati

Flying to Covington 

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is located 12 miles (15 minutes) from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center (NKCC).

Ground Transportation from Airport

  • Hotel Shuttle: At this time, none of the official conference hotels offers airport shuttle service.
  • Lyft and Uber are authorized to operate at CVG
  • Taxi Service is available at baggage claim door 5. Average fare to Covington is about $34
  • Rental Cars: Catch a shuttle from baggage claim to one of ten available rental car companies. Shuttles run every 5-10 minutes.
  • Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK): Board the TANK Airporter (route 2X) bus at the east end of baggage claim. Ride to the Covington Transit Center. 22 minute ride, cost is $2. From the Covington Transit Center stop, walk 500 feet to the Marriott or Embassy Suites, and 0.5 miles to Courtyard or Holiday Inn.

Getting Around Once You're Here

ThJNC20-Trolleye Southbank Shuttle Trolley travels the riverfront cities of Covington, Newport and downtown Cincinnati, making travel between entertainment venues, sports arenas, shopping and dining favorites and cultural destinations so easy! Trips are $1 each. Download the map and more information here. 

  • Nearest Trolley Station to Courtyard/Holiday Inn: West 3rd & Philadelphia (half a block walk)
  • Nearest Trolley Station to Marriott/Embassy Suites/NKCC: Rivercenter and Madison (in front of the Marriott/Embassy Suites)

 

JNC20-BikeCincy Red Bike is the region's Bike Share program with 57 stations and 442 bikes in Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue. A convenient, low cost, healthy and green transportation system, Red Bike is designed for short, point-to-point trips, and provides a different perspective of the city for riders. Pricing is $3 per 20 minutes or $10 per 24 hours. You will need a valid credit card, along with zip code and phone number (mobile preferred for SMS notifications and optional 2-step verification bike checkout). Download the map and more information here. 

  • Nearest Red Bike Station to Courtyard/Holiday Inn: West 3rd & Bakewell (half a block walk)
  • Nearest Red Bike Station to Marriott/Embassy Suites/NKCC: 2 E Rivercenter Blvd (in front of the Marriott/Embassy Suites)

Climate

The average June high in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky metro area is 83°F, and the average low is 62°F

Want to Know More?

Northern Kentucky, the top of the South & the end of the North, is perfectly situated along the Ohio River across from big sister Cincinnati. Encompassing the historic towns of Newport and Covington as well as the suburban centers along the Covington/Cincinnati International Airport (CVG), NKY is a strong part of the Cincinnati USA region with its roots firmly planted in Kentucky.

NKY shares a riverfront with Cincinnati. From your hotel in Covington, it’s only a 10-minute walk across a bridge to all the nightlife, hustle & bustle of downtown Cincinnati

The riverfront hotels are within a half-mile of 45 restaurants and close to countless culinary talent. Nearby Mainstrasse Village is a German-influenced cobblestoned neighborhood known for street festivals, pub dining and quirky boutiques & shops and has recently elevated to one of the region’s go-to urban neighborhoods for foodies & culinary fun-seekers. Learn about the region’s rich history in Bourbon & Brewing. Take a tour & cooking class on the Craft Bourbon Trail at New Riff Distilling or embark on a historic underground brewery tour.

Don’t let the history lessons fool you – NKY has no shortage of fun for outdoor adventurists! After JNC, arrange a skiing & tubing trip to Perfect North Slopes, be your own riverboat captain aboard a BB Riverboats cruise, soar through the trees at Screaming Raptor Ziplines or live your childhood figure-skating dream on the ice rink at Fountain Square (weather permitting).

There are thrills to be had indoors too! Visit the Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Sign Museum or Ark Encounter. You won’t be disappointed with the share-worthy selfies you’re sure to capture!

Sports reign in NKY & Cincinnati with two professional sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals, as well as one of the fastest growing soccer franchises in the U.S., FC Cincinnati. Plan a visit to the Reds Hall of Fame or take a behind-the-scenes tour of Great American Ballpark. With NKY's vibrant Arts community, visitors can take in a Broadway show at the Aronoff Center, listen to an amazing outdoor concert during the Kentucky Sympony Orchestra summer series, see a production at the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra or Cincinnati Opera (one of the oldest and most highly regarded opera companies in the U.S.) (Download this section of text courtesy of MeetNKY: Top Things to See and Do - NKY in a Nutshell)

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