12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Drive:  45​min
1
Petersburg
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
2
Paducah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bowling Green
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Cincinnati

1
day
Petersburg

Petersburg
You've now added Creation Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Petersburg trip itinerary planner .

Cincinnati to Petersburg is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Petersburg

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
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Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site ©
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

1
night
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, then explore the activities along Kentucky Lake, then find something for the whole family at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run, and finally take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paducah route planner .

Drive from Petersburg to Paducah in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Petersburg to Paducah due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gilbertsville
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Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run ©
Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run
Paducah Riverwalk ©
Paducah Riverwalk

3
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Bring the kids along to Chaney's Dairy Barn and Dinosaur World. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Diamond Caverns and Fat Man's Misery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Onyx Cave (in Cave City), Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park) and Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum (in Horse Cave). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, get engrossed in the history at Historic RailPark and Train Museum, bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Paducah to Bowling Green in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bowling Green are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cave City, Mammoth Cave National Park, Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, Diamond Caverns
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Renaissance Fun Park and Elizabethtown Sports Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Barton 1792 Distillery. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, try to win big at Churchill Downs, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, and see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Louisville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Barton 1792 Distillery, Elizabethtown Sports Park
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Renaissance Fun Park ©
Renaissance Fun Park
Elizabethtown Sports Park ©
Elizabethtown Sports Park

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salato Wildlife Education Center and Daniel Boone's Grave. When in Lexington, make a side trip to see Ark Encounter in Williamstown, approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Keeneland, go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and sample the fine beverages at Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington sightseeing site .

Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Tours Casinos

Side Trips

Georgetown, Frankfort, Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Ark Encounter
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Salato Wildlife Education Center ©
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Distillery Tours

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