11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bowling Green
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lexington
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Creation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at William Arnold Log House, examine the collection at Ark Encounter, and then steep yourself in history at MainStrasse Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Newport trip planner.

Philadelphia to Newport is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Newport when traveling from Philadelphia in July, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Williamstown, MainStrasse Village, Creation Museum
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
MainStrasse Village ©
MainStrasse Village

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visit Louisville Mega Cavern and Churchill Downs for their historical value. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon), My Old Kentucky Home (in Bardstown) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark, explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, wander the streets of Old Louisville, and make a trip to The Belvedere.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Louisville tour itinerary builder app .

Drive from Newport to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bardstown, Limestone Branch Distillery, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Maker's Mark
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

2
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, then examine the collection at Dinosaur World, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at NCM Motorsports Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip website .

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Cave City
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kentucky Horse Park and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery (in Willisburg), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Lawrenceburg (Wild Turkey Distillery & Four Roses). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Woodford Reserve Distillery, look for all kinds of wild species at Coolmore America - Ashford Stud, and sample the fine beverages at Barrel House Distillery.

Plan trip to Lexington with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Lexington sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Versailles, Lawrenceburg, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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