11 days in Kentucky, Franklin & Nashville Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky, Franklin & Nashville Itinerary

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Paducah
— 1 day
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Franklin
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Paducah

— 1 day
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. On the 9th (Fri), sample the fine beverages at The Moonshine Company, then admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, then don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, and finally examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paducah day trip planning site.

Chicago to Paducah is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Franklin

— 2 nights
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 10th (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Leiper's Fork Distillery, then take in the history at Carter House, then take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, and finally visit Downtown Franklin. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery, witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, and then do a tasting at Arrington Vineyards.

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You can drive from Paducah to Franklin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Franklin, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

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Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip maker site.

Nashville is just a short distance from Franklin. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Bowling Green

— 3 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Owensboro (World's Largest Sassafras Tree & Smothers Park), Onyx Cave (in Cave City) and Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (in Horse Cave). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave, and stroll through Fat Man's Misery.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bowling Green day trip app.

You can drive from Nashville to Bowling Green in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lexington

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Unique Horse Farm Tours and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try to win big at Churchill Downs.

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Getting from Lexington to Louisville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.