12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Berea
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Corbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Bowling Green
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  8​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for nature, museums, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville driving holiday planner .

New York City to Louisville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Falls of the Ohio State Park
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Falls of the Ohio State Park ©
Falls of the Ohio State Park
Kentucky Science Center ©
Kentucky Science Center

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
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 4th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Boonesborough State Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Daniel Boone National Forest. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, get all the information you need at Lexington Visitors Center, then get engrossed in the history at Mary Todd Lincoln House, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Corey Proffitt Studios Massage.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington travel planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berea.

Things to do in Lexington

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Daniel Boone National Forest, Fort Boonesborough State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Daniel Boone National Forest ©
Daniel Boone National Forest
Fort Boonesborough State Park ©
Fort Boonesborough State Park

1
night
Berea

Berea ©
Berea is a home rule-class city in Madison County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Student Crafts on the Square Gallery, then look for gifts at Log House Craft Gallery, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Berea Pinnacles.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Berea road trip planner.

Drive from Lexington to Berea in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Corbin.

Things to do in Berea

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Log House Craft Gallery ©
Log House Craft Gallery

2
nights
Corbin

Corbin ©
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and then explore the galleries of Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Corbin online vacation planner .

Drive from Berea to Corbin in an hour. August in Corbin sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Corbin

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park ©
Pine Mountain State Resort Park ©
Pine Mountain State Resort Park

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Take a break from Mammoth Cave National Park with a short trip to Cub Run Cave in Cub Run, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Mammoth Cave and kick your exploration up a notch at Mammoth Cave Adventures.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave Adventures, Cub Run Cave, Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, Diamond Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave Adventures ©
Mammoth Cave Adventures
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns

1
night
Bowling Green

Bowling Green
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 11th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon, see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, and then enjoy some diversion at Bowling Green Ballpark.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bowling Green visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Bowling Green takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Bowling Green are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon
Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon
Bowling Green Ballpark ©
Bowling Green Ballpark
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

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