13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky visit planner

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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Loretto
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Lexington

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Frankfort (Castle & Key Distillery, Floral Clock, &more), Versailles (Woodford Reserve Distillery & Sun Valley Farm) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kentucky Horse Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Unique Horse Farm Tours, indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Sixth Brewing, and relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lexington road trip planning app.

Dublin, Ireland to Lexington is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Lexington. Traveling from Dublin in September, expect Lexington to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Loretto.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Loretto

— 1 night
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark, then sample the fine beverages at Limestone Branch Distillery, then learn about winemaking at Springhill Winery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Abbey of Gethsemani.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Loretto route planner.

Getting from Lexington to Loretto by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Loretto sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Loretto

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through Fat Man's Misery, trek along Tall Man's Misery, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Green River, contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

Getting from Loretto to Mammoth Cave National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Loretto to Mammoth Cave National Park. September in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Louisville

— 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Bowling Green (Shanty Hollow Lake Hiking Trail, National Corvette Museum, &more) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, look for gifts at Art Eatables, and stroll the grounds of Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Louisville tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville. In September, daytime highs in Louisville are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.