14 days in Louisville, Mammoth Cave National Park & Lexington Itinerary

14 days in Louisville, Mammoth Cave National Park & Lexington Itinerary

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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Visitor Center, Louisville Mega Cavern, and other attractions. Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum and Muhammad Ali Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and 21c Museum Hotel. Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Detweiler's Country Store (in Cub Run), Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum (in Horse Cave) and Brown-Pusey House (in Elizabethtown). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Frazier History Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with Old Louisville.

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New York City to Louisville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Louisville when traveling from New York City in October, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Green River. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of South Union Shaker Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Green River and then steep yourself in history at Bill Monroe's Home Place.

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You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lexington

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Roebling Suspension Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (in Harrodsburg), Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea) and Lawrenceburg (Four Roses & Wild Turkey Distillery). The adventure continues: take in the history at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., admire the majestic nature at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, and see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

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Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington due to the time zone difference. In October in Lexington, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips