12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky itinerary planner

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Paducah
— 1 day
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Paducah

— 1 day
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, then don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, and finally learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paducah day trip tool.

San Francisco to Paducah is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Paducah, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Paducah. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 9th (Tue), trek along Cedar Sink Trail, examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, stroll through Fat Man's Misery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Mammoth Cave National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and stop by Uptown Art.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Louisville travel planner.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Lexington

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, sample the fine beverages at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then bet on a winner at Keeneland. On the next day, sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Lexington, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Nature · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 17th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Creation Museum and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter. On your second day here, walk around Devou Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lexington to Newport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Newport sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.