15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip planner
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Corbin
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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Paducah
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Lexington — 2 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, browse the collection at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum, and take in the local highlights with Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lexington route planner.

Newark to Lexington is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Lexington, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Corbin.
Fun & Games · Parks · Casinos · Museums
Side Trips

Corbin — 1 night

Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Harland Sanders Cafe And Museum, stroll around Sanders Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, and finally examine the collection at Cumberland Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Corbin online holiday builder.

You can drive from Lexington to Corbin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park — 3 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Explore Mammoth Cave National Park's surroundings by going to Bowling Green (Lost River Cave, NCM Motorsports Park, &more) and Kentucky's Stonehenge (in Munfordville). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, hike along Fat Man's Misery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Cedar Sink Trail.

Make your Mammoth Cave National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park. February in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Paducah.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Paducah — 1 night

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. On the 13th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, then admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, then make a trip to Floodwall Murals, and finally learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Paducah driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Paducah in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Paducah are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Louisville.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Louisville — 5 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Civil War Fort Duffield (in West Point), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and James B. Beam Distilling Co. (in Clermont). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville road trip planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Louisville in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paducah to Louisville. February in Louisville sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.
Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Newport — 2 nights

Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 19th (Sat), meet the residents at Newport Aquarium, get curious at Creation Museum, and then get outside with England idlewild park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter and then get your game on at Newport on the Levee.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Newport trip app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Newport, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.