16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Paducah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bowling Green
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lexington
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  13​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

5
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get a sense of the local culture at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum. For shopping fun, head to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass or 21c Museum Hotel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont), Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (in Brandenburg) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark, delve into the lush surroundings at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Louisville tour builder app .

Edinburgh, UK to Louisville is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, Louisville is somewhat warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, My Old Kentucky Home, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

2
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at The PAPA Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium, then identify plant and animal life at Woodlands Nature Station, and finally stop by Newsom's Old Mill Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at The Arboretum at Murray State.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paducah tour builder website .

Getting from Louisville to Paducah by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Paducah can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Newsom's Old Mill Store, Woodlands Nature Station, The Arboretum at Murray State, Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium
Highlights from your plan
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum

3
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jackson's Orchard and Vette City Antique Mall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and Fat Man's Misery (in Mammoth Cave National Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Paducah to Bowling Green takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Casey Jones Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. For shopping fun, head to Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea or Damselfly Gallery. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Wild Turkey Distillery (in Lawrenceburg) and Frankfort (Salato Wildlife Education Center & Buffalo Trace Distillery). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Ark Encounter, try to win big at Keeneland, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and sample the fine beverages at Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington holiday maker website .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington. September in Lexington sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Midway, Frankfort, Ark Encounter, Wild Turkey Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

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