14 days in Kentucky & Indiana Itinerary

14 days in Kentucky & Indiana Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Lexington — 1 night

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
On the 9th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mary Todd Lincoln House, join in the after-dark buzz at Barrel House Distillery, then experience rural life at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and finally catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, relax in the rural setting at Sun Valley Farm, and then identify plant and animal life at Unique Horse Farm Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lexington trip maker app.

Tampa to Lexington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa in October, expect nights in Lexington to be colder, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Louisville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Side Trips

Louisville — 2 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, then try your luck at Churchill Downs, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Louisville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Mammoth Cave National Park — 8 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Get in touch with nature at Mammoth Cave and Fat Man's Misery. Bill Monroe's Home Place and Bell's Tavern will appeal to history buffs. Explore Mammoth Cave National Park's surroundings by going to Habbeger's Amish Market (in Scottsville), Moutardier Resort & Marina (in Leitchfield) and Nolin Lake State Park (in Mammoth Cave). There's lots more to do: trek along Cedar Sink Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Sand Cave, get to know the resident critters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, and explore the activities along Dog Creek Recreation Area.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hammond.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Hammond — 2 nights

Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, stop by Albanese Candy Factory, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Hammond. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Barker Mansion, revel in the low prices at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, then try your luck at Four Winds Casino, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hammond travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Hammond by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Hammond, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.

Indiana travel guide

Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.