10 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 1 night
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Lexington

— 4 nights

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Visiting Unique Horse Farm Tours and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Barrel House Distillery and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Red River Gorge Geological Area (in Winchester), Student Crafts on the Square Gallery (in Berea) and Daniel Boone's Grave (in Frankfort). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Waveland State Historic Site, take in the pleasant sights at Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

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Saint Louis to Lexington is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. November in Lexington sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get outdoors at Chimney Tops Trail and Alum Cave Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Rainbow Falls Trail and Charlies Bunion. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, stop by NOC Gatlinburg, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, and stroll through Ober Gatlinburg's Wildlife Encounter.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg holiday maker tool.

Drive from Lexington to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 1 night
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to 1921 Standard Oil Station, trek along Shanty Hollow Lake Hiking Trail, then bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of South Union Shaker Village.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bowling Green trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Bowling Green takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.