11 days in Saint Louis, Louisville & Nashville Itinerary

11 days in Saint Louis, Louisville & Nashville Itinerary

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11 days in Saint Louis, Louisville & Nashville Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Palm Springs

3
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Attractions like Saint Louis Zoo and City Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and Missouri Botanical Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint Louis: Pinckney Bend Distillery (in New Haven), Stone Hill Winery (in Hermann) and Zipline (in New Florence). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sachs Butterfly House, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at StilL 630 Distillery, and look for gifts at Herbaria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint Louis trip itinerary website .

Palm Springs to Saint Louis is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Palm Springs to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. In July, Saint Louis is slightly colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Stone Hill Winery, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Zipline, Sachs Butterfly House
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Louisville Mega Cavern and Churchill Downs. Get in touch with nature at Salato Wildlife Education Center and The Parklands of Floyds Fork. When in Louisville, make a side trip to see Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville attractions planner.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Louisville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Louisville is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Salato Wildlife Education Center, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari ©
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Artisan Distillery ©
Kentucky Artisan Distillery

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Opry Mills and Savannah's Candy Kitchen. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Lost River Cave in Bowling Green--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Nashville are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Lost River Cave, Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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