11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip planner

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Newport
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Newport

— 1 night
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 18th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Creation Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at William Arnold Log House, see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, and then steep yourself in history at MainStrasse Village.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Newport road trip planning app.

Philadelphia to Newport is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Newport is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Churchill Downs and My Old Kentucky Home. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum (in Bardstown), Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Maker's Mark, don't miss a visit to The Belvedere, explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, and see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Louisville online tour planner.

You can drive from Newport to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Louisville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 24th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and finally bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bowling Green trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Bowling Green are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Mary Todd Lincoln House and Kentucky Horse Park will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort), Lawrenceburg (Wild Turkey Distillery & Four Roses) and Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery (in Willisburg). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Woodford Reserve Distillery, experience rural life at Coolmore America - Ashford Stud, raise your glass at Barrel House Distillery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lexington road trip site.

Getting from Bowling Green to Lexington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone 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) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.