45 days in Kentucky, Mississippi & Houston Itinerary

45 days in Kentucky, Mississippi & Houston Itinerary

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45 days in Kentucky, Mississippi & Houston Itinerary

London
Fly:  13​h
Lexington
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Morehead
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Corbin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Bowling Green
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Paducah
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Tupelo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Clarksdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vicksburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Natchez
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Houston
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
London

5
days
Lexington

Lexington
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Get some cultural insight at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Escape the urban bustle at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Venture out of the city with trips to Berea (Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea & Boone Trace Marker), Paradise Cove Aquatic Center (in Richmond) and Salato Wildlife Education Center (in Frankfort). The adventure continues: stroll through Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate, examine the collection at Great American Dollhouse Museum, go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and explore the galleries of Hunt-Morgan House.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lexington online driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Lexington is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Lexington at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Morehead.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Berea, Harrodsburg, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Great American Dollhouse Museum, Salato Wildlife Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Mary Todd Lincoln House ©
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea ©
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

3
days
Morehead

Morehead ©
Morehead is a home rule-class city located along US 60 (the historic Midland Trail) and Interstate 64 in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Three Forks Historical Center and Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Carter Caves State Resort Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morehead: Kentucky Reptile Zoo (in Slade) and Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure (in Campton). There's more to do: explore the activities along Cave Run Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Morehead visit planner.

Drive from Lexington to Morehead in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Corbin.

Things to do in Morehead

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Slade, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure, Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Three Forks Historical Center, Carter Caves State Resort Park
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge State Resort Park ©
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
Cave Run Lake
Cave Run Lake

4
days
Corbin

Corbin
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Wayne County Historical Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum and Camp Wildcat Battlefield. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corbin: Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (in Jamestown), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in Middlesboro) and Kingdom Come State Park (in Cumberland).

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Corbin road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Morehead to Corbin takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Corbin can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Wayne County Historical Museum, Camp Wildcat Battlefield, Kingdom Come State Park, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Wayne County Historical Museum ©
Wayne County Historical Museum
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery ©
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

5
days
Louisville

Louisville
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Let the collections at Muhammad Ali Center and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Saunders Springs Nature Preserve and Louisville Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to My Old Kentucky Home (in Bardstown) and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site (in Hodgenville). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Frazier History Museum, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Louisville trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Corbin to Louisville in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, My Old Kentucky Home
Highlights from your plan
Saunders Springs Nature Preserve
Saunders Springs Nature Preserve
Muhammad Ali Center ©
Muhammad Ali Center
The Frazier History Museum
The Frazier History Museum

4
days
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lost River Cave and Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. Get in touch with nature at Diamond Caverns and Chaney's Dairy Barn. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowling Green: South Central Kentucky Cultural Center (in Glasgow), Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum (in Horse Cave) and Fat Man's Misery (in Mammoth Cave National Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Dinosaur World, explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, admire all the interesting features of NCM Motorsports Park, and take an in-depth tour of The Historic Railpark and Train Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Louisville to Bowling Green by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Horse Cave, Cave City, Fat Man's Misery, South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, Diamond Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

3
days
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Kentucky Lake. The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, stroll through Mike Miller County Park, and admire the masterpieces at Yeiser Art Center.

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Drive from Bowling Green to Paducah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tupelo.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mike Miller County Park, Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium, Kentucky Lake
Highlights from your plan

3
days
Tupelo

Tupelo ©
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tupelo Automobile Museum and Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Let the collections at Crossroads Museum and Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum capture your imagination. Explore Tupelo's surroundings by going to Corinth Contraband Camp (in Corinth) and Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (in Brooksville). There's more to do: cruise along Natchez Trace Pkwy and stop by Tupelo Hardware Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tupelo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Tupelo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Tupelo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Clarksdale.

Things to do in Tupelo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Corinth, Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Clarksdale

Clarksdale
Clarksdale is a city in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and seat of the county. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Stan Streets Hambone Art Gallery, examine the collection at Rock & Blues Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Delta Blues Museum, then view the masterpieces at Cat Head Delta Blues-Folk Arts, and finally don't miss a visit to The Crossroad.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Clarksdale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tupelo to Clarksdale takes 2.5 hours. October in Clarksdale sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vicksburg.

Things to do in Clarksdale

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Delta Blues Museum
Delta Blues Museum
Cat Head Delta Blues-Folk Arts ©
Cat Head Delta Blues-Folk Arts
Rock & Blues Museum
Rock & Blues Museum

4
days
Vicksburg

Vicksburg ©
Vicksburg is a city in and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. You'll explore and learn at U.S.S. Cairo Museum and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Windsor Ruins and Lower Mississippi River Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Jackson (Smith Robertson Museum, Old Capitol Museum, & more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Vicksburg National Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Texas Monument, examine the collection at The Old Depot Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Old Courthouse.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vicksburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Clarksdale to Vicksburg takes 2.5 hours. In October in Vicksburg, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jackson, Windsor Ruins
Highlights from your plan
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Windsor Ruins ©
Windsor Ruins

4
days
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rosalie Mansion and Natchez City Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Melrose and Clark Creek Natural Area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall, get engrossed in the history at Natchez Museum-African Amrcn, look for gifts at Darby's, and explore the world behind art at Stratton Chapel Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Natchez visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vicksburg to Natchez takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Natchez are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Houston.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Clark Creek Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Natchez City Cemetery ©
Natchez City Cemetery
Clark Creek Natural Area ©
Clark Creek Natural Area
St. Mary Basilica
St. Mary Basilica

5
days
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Get a sense of the local culture at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and Blue Bell Creameries. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Children's Museum of Houston and Battleship Texas State Historic Site. Explore Houston's surroundings by going to Kyle Field (in College Station), Brazosport Museum-Natural Science (in Clute) and Texas Cotton Gin Museum (in Burton). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum Houston, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, see the interesting displays at Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown, and witness the site of a historic battle at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Houston trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Natchez to Houston takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Natchez in October, expect Houston to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

College Station, La Porte, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Blue Bell Creameries, Brazosport Museum-Natural Science
Highlights from your plan
Blue Bell Creameries ©
Blue Bell Creameries
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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