12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Louisville road trip planning app.

Saint Louis to Louisville is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Louisville. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 37°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Get outdoors at Unique Horse Farm Tours and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lexington Cemetery and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Frankfort (Daniel Boone's Grave & Salato Wildlife Education Center) and Berea (Student Crafts on the Square Gallery & Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea). There's much more to do: raise your glass at Barrel House Distillery, sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and browse the different shops at Fayette Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Lexington sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse and Alum Cave Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Chimneys Picnic Area and Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cataract Falls, browse for treasures at Ely's Mill, stop by NOC Gatlinburg, and take in the exciting artwork at Paul Murray Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Shop till you drop at Smith Creek Moonshine and David Arms Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like McGavock Confederate Cemetery and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Nashville to go to Manchester and see Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Nashville and tee off at Top Golf.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Nashville online trip maker.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.