15 days in Kentucky & Nashville Itinerary

15 days in Kentucky & Nashville Itinerary

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15 days in Kentucky & Nashville Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Paducah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nashville
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Popular historic sites such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Old Fort Harrod State Park are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and Kentucky Horse Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: White Hall State Historic Site (in Richmond) and Paris (Claiborne Farm & Cane Ridge Meetinghouse). There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and get lost in a book at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington road trip planner.

New York City to Lexington is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Lexington dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris, Harrodsburg, White Hall State Historic Site, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Highlights from your plan
Claiborne Farm ©
Claiborne Farm
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Churchill Downs and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). Get a sense of the local culture at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Take a break from Louisville with a short trip to Saunders Springs Nature Preserve in Radcliff, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Louisville online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Louisville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Jefferson Memorial Forest, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then hike along Fat Man's Misery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, and then stop by Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cave City
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Onyx Cave ©
Onyx Cave
Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop ©
Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop

1
night
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. On the 10th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, and then learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paducah route maker app .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Paducah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery

5
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get some historical perspective at Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic Rock Castle (in Hendersonville) and Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, look for gifts at Gruhn Guitars, admire the landmark architecture of The Parthenon, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville itinerary planning site .

Drive from Paducah to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Historic Rock Castle
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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