15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Petersburg
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bowling Green
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Loretto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lexington
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + tram + foot + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

1
day
Petersburg

Petersburg ©
On the 24th (Fri), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Boone County Distilling Company, get outside with England idlewild park, and then see the interesting displays at Creation Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Petersburg online travel planner .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Petersburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Petersburg. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in May, with highs in Petersburg at 28°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Petersburg

Outdoors Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Boone County Distilling Company, England idlewild park
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England idlewild park ©
England idlewild park
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum

5
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Mega Cavern and Kentucky Derby Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Louisville Zoo. Step out of Louisville to go to Clermont and see Jim Beam American Stillhouse, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at Churchill Downs, examine the collection at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), wander the streets of Old Louisville, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Petersburg to Louisville takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jim Beam American Stillhouse
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

2
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at NCM Motorsports Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, then hike along Fat Man's Misery, and finally hike along Cedar Sink Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Loretto.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Onyx Cave, Diamond Caverns
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Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

2
nights
Loretto

Loretto ©
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. On the 1st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey of Gethsemani, contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, then examine the collection at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Lincoln Homestead State Park, then do a tasting at McIntyre's Winery & Berries, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Loretto planning tool .

Drive from Bowling Green to Loretto in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Loretto. In May, daily temperatures in Loretto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Loretto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bardstown, The Abbey of Gethsemani, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, Lincoln Homestead State Park, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
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Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum ©
The Abbey of Gethsemani ©
The Abbey of Gethsemani

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Get some cultural insight at Kentucky Horse Park and Ark Encounter. Take a break from the city and head to Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). There's more to do: try to win big at Keeneland.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington online journey planner .

You can drive from Loretto to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Buffalo Trace Distillery, Ark Encounter, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Keeneland ©
Keeneland

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