10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip itinerary builder

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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Lexington

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kentucky Horse Park and Unique Horse Farm Tours. Get some cultural insight at Ark Encounter and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Frankfort (Buffalo Trace Distillery, Floral Clock, &more) and Boone County Distilling Co. (in Independence). There's more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery and go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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New York City to Lexington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lexington, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Louisville

— 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Louisville Mega Cavern and My Old Kentucky Home. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Bardstown (McIntyre's Winery & Berries, Lux Row Distillers, &more), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, get to know the fascinating history of West Main Historic District, and view the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

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

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Sink Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Kentucky travel guide

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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.