13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Lexington
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Park City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Paducah
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Springfield

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Claiborne Farm (in Paris), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). And it doesn't end there: bet on a winner at Keeneland, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., view the masterpieces at Damselfly Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bluegrass Distillers.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington sightseeing planner.

Springfield to Lexington is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Casinos

Side Trips

Georgetown, Claiborne Farm, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Ark Encounter
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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm ©
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Keeneland ©
Keeneland

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. On the 18th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium, then snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport route builder site .

Getting from Lexington to Newport by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Creation Museum
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Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, make a trip to The Belvedere, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip builder site .

Getting from Newport to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Park City.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Maker's Mark, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Distillery Tours

3
nights
Park City

Park City ©
Park City is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowling Green (National Corvette Museum & Lost River Cave) and Cub Run (Cub Run Cave & Detweiler's Country Store). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park, examine the collection at Dinosaur World, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Fat Man's Misery.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Park City road trip planning website .

Drive from Louisville to Park City in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Park City is minus 1 hour. In August in Park City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Park City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Cave City, Bowling Green, Cub Run
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): make a trip to Floodwall Murals, take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, then do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, and finally see the interesting displays at Paducah Distilled Spirits. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, walk around Bob Noble Park, and then walk around Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium.

Plan trip to Paducah with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Park City to Paducah takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Paducah are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium
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The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery

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