12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Bowling Green
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Petersburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lexington
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: San Antonio

1
night
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bowling Green online day trip planner .

San Antonio to Bowling Green is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in September: high temperatures in Bowling Green hover around 83°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave, Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
St. Joseph Catholic Church ©
St. Joseph Catholic Church

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Louisville Mega Cavern and Kentucky Derby Museum. You'll explore and learn at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and 21c Museum Hotel. Venture out of the city with trips to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville), Bardstown Art Gallery (in Bardstown) and The Glendale Antique Mall (in Glendale). There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Churchill Downs, stop by The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, explore the different monuments and memorials at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Louisville day trip site .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville is 1 hour. September in Louisville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, The Glendale Antique Mall, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Bardstown Art Gallery
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

1
night
Petersburg

Petersburg
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Rabbit Hash General Store and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Petersburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Petersburg in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Petersburg

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rabbit Hash General Store
Highlights from your plan
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Rabbit Hash General Store ©
Rabbit Hash General Store

5
nights
Lexington

Lexington
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Head to Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Berea Arts Councilfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ark Encounter and Kentucky Horse Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Tater Knob Pottery and Farm (in Berea), Richmond Area Arts Center (in Richmond) and Cane Ridge Meetinghouse (in Paris). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Damselfly Gallery, steep yourself in history at Mary Todd Lincoln House, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the King, and examine the collection at The Great American Dollhouse Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip app .

Traveling by car from Petersburg to Lexington takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Berea, Ark Encounter, The Great American Dollhouse Museum, Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery, Damselfly Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©

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