12 days in Lexington & Louisville Itinerary

12 days in Lexington & Louisville Itinerary

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Lexington
— 5 nights
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Lexington

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum, Lexington Visitors Center, Toyota Visitor Center and Plant Tour, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Appreciate the collections at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Cincinnati (Roebling Suspension Bridge & National Underground Railroad Freedom Center), Ripley (John Parker House & John Rankin House) and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (in Perryville). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, try your luck at Keeneland, steep yourself in history at Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Lexington sightseeing planner.

New York City to Lexington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Lexington. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Louisville

— 6 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Louisville Visitor Center, The Big Four Bridge, Schimpffs Confectionery, and other attractions you added. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Frazier History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek (in Hodgenville), Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum (in Mitchell) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Locust Grove, go all around town with Old Louisville, explore the fascinating underground world of Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, and examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lexington to Louisville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Louisville sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips