10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky holiday planner

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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Bowling Green side-trips: Cave City (Onyx Cave & Adventures of Mammoth Cave) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mammoth Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave, and take an in-depth tour of South Union Shaker Village.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip itinerary maker website.

Chicago to Bowling Green is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for nature, museums, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, and try to win big at Churchill Downs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Louisville tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade), Frankfort (Daniel Boone's Grave & Buffalo Trace Distillery) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at Red River Gorge Zipline, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, and see SUP Kentucky.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington road trip planning website.

Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Lexington, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Nature · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.