12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Paducah
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Keeneland, relax in the rural setting at Mill Ridge Farm, get a tailor-made plan with Unique Horse Farm Tours, and take an in-depth tour of Mary Todd Lincoln House.

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Atlanta to Lexington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, Lexington is slightly colder than Atlanta - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and enjoy some diversion at Churchill Downs.

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Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Louisville are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 4th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave and then stroll through Cedar Sink Trail. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum and then Head underground at Lost River Cave.

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Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paducah

— 2 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum and then do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery. On your second day here, make a trip to Floodwall Murals and then admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum.

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Getting from Bowling Green to Paducah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Paducah sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Wineries

Kentucky travel guide

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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.