14 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

14 days in Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Bowling Green
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Escape the urban bustle at Bernheim Arboretum & Forest and Falls of the Ohio State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse. And it doesn't end there: walk around Cherokee Park, don't miss a visit to Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Forester Distilling.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville online trip planner.

Saint Louis to Louisville is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Louisville is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Lexington

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, then sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and then identify plant and animal life at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Lexington

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 4 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Get outdoors at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Newfound Gap Road. Discover out-of-the-way places like Christmas Place and Roaring Fork. There's lots more to do: trek along Gatlinburg Trail, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, get a dose of the wild on Bluff Mountain Adventures, and cool off at Outdoor Gravity Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Lexington to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In November, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): play a few rounds at Top Golf, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine, then walk around Shelby Bottoms Greenway, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Prichard's Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Ohana Dive Co., then get to know the fascinating history of Natchez Trace Parkway, and then grab your bike and head to Crockett Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nashville day trip app.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to Nashville due to the time zone difference. November in Nashville sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 1 night
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at South Union Shaker Village, then join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, and then make a trip to 1921 Standard Oil Station.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bowling Green online itinerary maker.

Getting from Nashville to Bowling Green by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.