11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky tour planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Nashville International Airport, Drive to Bowling Green
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Bowling Green
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Petersburg
— 1 night
Drive

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Bowling Green — 1 night

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Cedar Sink Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave and then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green tour planner.

Kalamazoo to Bowling Green is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kalamazoo to Bowling Green. Traveling from Kalamazoo in May, expect Bowling Green to be a bit warmer, temps between 78°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Louisville.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trip

Louisville — 4 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louisville Mega Cavern and Kentucky Derby Museum. Step out of Louisville with an excursion to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Elizabethtown--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Louisville Zoo.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May in Louisville, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Lexington — 4 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Family-friendly places like Unique Horse Farm Tours and Mill Ridge Farm will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles), Newport Aquarium (in Newport) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Taylor Made Farm, stroll through Salato Wildlife Education Center, see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, and immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

You can plan Lexington trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Petersburg.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Petersburg — 1 night

Located on the site of an ancient Indian settlement, Petersburg is a small rural community.
On the 3rd (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Creation Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dinsmore Homestead, and then get outside with England idlewild park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Petersburg trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Petersburg in 2 hours. In June in Petersburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.