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Bowling Green
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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 14th (Mon): Head underground at Onyx Cave, examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, then join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, and finally Head underground at Lost River Cave. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Cub Run Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Detroit to Bowling Green is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bowling Green: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paducah.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
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Paducah — 3 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Purple Toad Winery and Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium. Explore Paducah's surroundings by going to Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Paducah Riverwalk, explore the engaging exhibits at River Discovery Center, stroll around Bob Noble Park, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Paducah Antique Mall.

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Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Paducah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Louisville.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Louisville — 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Angel's Envy Distillery. The adventure continues: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and get engrossed in the history at Frazier History Museum.

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You can drive from Paducah to Louisville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Paducah to Louisville is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours
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Lexington — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mary Todd Lincoln House and Red River Gorge Geological Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Slade (Natural Bridge State Resort Park & Kentucky Reptile Zoo), Nada Tunnel (in Stanton) and Castle & Key Distillery (in Frankfort). There's still lots to do: learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and stroll the grounds of Lexington Cemetery.

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You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Kentucky travel guide

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.