11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky route planner

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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 5 nights
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Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). Popular historic sites such as The Miller House and Garden and Cave Hill Cemetery are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Calli Nature Preserve (in North Vernon) and Corydon (Hayswood Nature Reserve & Indiana Caverns). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, look for gifts at Muth's Candies, appreciate the extensive heritage of West Main Historic District, and view the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville day trip planning tool.

Chicago to Louisville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park, then see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, then walk around Fountain Square Park, and finally Head underground at Lost River Cave. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bowling Green online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Lexington

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate are in your itinerary. Ark Encounter and Mount Adams are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea), Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg) and The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, explore the world behind art at Taft Museum of Art, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and make a trip to Mary Todd Lincoln House.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Lexington sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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.