10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Paducah
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Newport
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Washington DC

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Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paducah route planner.

Washington DC to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Paducah. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums
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The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along Cedar Sink Trail, see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, then hike along Tall Man's Misery, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paducah to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bowling Green
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

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Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Step out of Louisville with an excursion to Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Louisville holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville is 1 hour. In October in Louisville, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jim Beam American Stillhouse
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Distillery Tours

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Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Claiborne Farm (in Paris), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). And it doesn't end there: catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland, take an in-depth tour of Mary Todd Lincoln House, admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and browse the collection at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum.

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Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Claiborne Farm, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Woodford Reserve Distillery
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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm ©
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

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Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 27th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, examine the collection at Creation Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devou Park.

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Traveling by bus from Lexington to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Devou Park, Creation Museum
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Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Devou Park ©
Devou Park

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