12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Newport
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

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.
Bring the kids along to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Salato Wildlife Education Center. Get outdoors at Kentucky Horse Park and Coolmore America - Ashford Stud. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek). The adventure continues: try to win big at Keeneland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, identify plant and animal life at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

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Buffalo to Lexington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buffalo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lexington, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Versailles, Frankfort, Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, Four Roses, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

3
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Cedar Sink Trail. Family-friendly places like Fat Man's Misery and Diamond Caverns will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, hike along Tall Man's Misery, and meet the residents at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park tour planner.

Drive from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park. In May, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Horse Cave, Diamond Caverns
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Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Escape the urban bustle at Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Zoo. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum and Dinosaur World. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont), Onyx Cave (in Cave City) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Churchill Downs, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, and see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Louisville sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave City, Maker's Mark, Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Jim Beam American Stillhouse
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Jim Beam American Stillhouse ©
Jim Beam American Stillhouse

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at New Riff Distillery, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Braxton Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Newport trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Newport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in May, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Newport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Braxton Brewing Company
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Braxton Brewing Company ©
Braxton Brewing Company
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium
New Riff Distillery ©
New Riff Distillery

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