10 days in Kentucky & Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky & Southernmost Illinois Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner
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Paducah
— 1 night
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Harrisburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Paducah — 1 night

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll around Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and then admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, then pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue, and then examine the collection at Super Museum.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Paducah travel planner.

New York City to Paducah is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in November, expect little chillier with lows of 37°F in Paducah. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Harrisburg.
Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Museums
Side Trips

Harrisburg — 1 night

Harrisburg is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Illinois, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll around Harrisburg Township Park District and then stroll through Garden of the Gods.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Harrisburg tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Harrisburg takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Harrisburg are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Louisville.
Parks · Wildlife

Louisville — 3 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co and 21c Museum Hotel. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Bardstown (Willett Distilling Company & Barton 1792 Distillery) and Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), see the interesting displays at Frazier History Museum, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Harrisburg to Louisville takes 3 hours. Traveling from Harrisburg to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Louisville sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lexington.
Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips

Lexington — 4 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Step off the beaten path and head to Red River Gorge Geological Area and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Slade (Natural Bridge State Resort Park & Kentucky Reptile Zoo), Four Roses (in Lawrenceburg) and Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., make a trip to Daniel Boone's Grave, and sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.