16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Paducah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cadiz
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Exeter

2
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 historical perspective at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Cane Ridge Meetinghouse. Get a sense of the local culture at Ark Encounter and Damselfly Gallery. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Georgetown Peddler's Mall (in Georgetown), Berea (Tater Knob Pottery and Farm, Berea Arts Council, & more) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, sample the fine beverages at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lexington road trip website .

Exeter, UK to Lexington is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Lexington. In August, daytime highs in Lexington are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Berea, Midway, Paris, Georgetown Peddler's Mall, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Your inner history buff will appreciate Churchill Downs and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Jefferson Memorial Forest (in Fairdale) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, grab your bike and head to The Parklands of Floyds Fork, and stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Louisville day trip app .

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Louisville sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jefferson Memorial Forest, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

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 18th (Sun): hike along Cedar Sink Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, and then trek along Tall Man's Misery. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the activities along Green River.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

2
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, see the interesting displays at River Discovery Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with The PAPA Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of William Clark Market House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, then stop by Twin Lakes Antique Mall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kentucky Lake.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paducah trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Paducah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Paducah sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cadiz.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gilbertsville
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The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church ©

3
nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cadiz is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Trigg County, Kentucky, United States. Head to Newsom's Old Mill Store and The Westchesterfor some retail therapy. Visiting Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and The Elk and Bison Prairie will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cadiz: Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton), Kenlake State Park (in Hardin) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Woodlands Nature Station and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Barkley.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cadiz day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Paducah to Cadiz takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cadiz

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Princeton, Golden Pond, Lake Barkley, The Westchester, Kenlake State Park
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