15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

15 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky holiday maker
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Somerset
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burkesville
— 1 night
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Golden Pond
— 1 night
Drive

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Louisville — 4 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get in touch with nature at Louisville Mega Cavern and My Old Kentucky Home. Head to 21c Museum Hotel and Mark Payton Glass Center @ The Glassworks Bldgfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, view the masterpieces at Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Jefferson Memorial Forest, and look for gifts at Art Eatables.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Louisville trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Louisville. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 4 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Shop till you drop at Tater Knob Pottery and Farm and Fayette Mall. Step out of the city life by going to Salato Wildlife Education Center and Nada Tunnel. Venture out of the city with trips to Wilderness Trail Distillery (in Danville) and Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course (in Frankfort). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours, go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lexington route builder app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Somerset.
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Somerset — 2 nights

Somerset is a home rule-class city in Pulaski County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Book and CD Hut and then play a few rounds at Eagle's Nest Country Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Cumberland Point Recreational Area and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Somerset Peddlers Mall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Somerset trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Lexington to Somerset in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Burkesville.
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Burkesville — 1 night

Burkesville is a home rule-class city in Cumberland County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and then tee off at Dale Hollow Golf Course.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Burkesville trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Somerset to Burkesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Somerset to Burkesville is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 2 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Fat Man's Misery and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, trek along Tall Man's Misery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then trek along Cedar Sink Trail.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Burkesville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Golden Pond.
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Golden Pond — 1 night

Golden Pond is a ghost town in western Trigg County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at The Elk and Bison Prairie and then identify plant and animal life at Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Golden Pond online trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Golden Pond in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Golden Pond, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.
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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.
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