16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: New York City
Foot + Fly:  7 h
1
Paducah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Bowling Green
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Lexington
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: New York City

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 15th (Wed): see human ingenuity at work at Kentucky Dam. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium, then examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paducah Riverwalk.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paducah road trip planner.

New York City to Paducah is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Paducah. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paducah: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium
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River Discovery Center ©
River Discovery Center
Paducah Riverwalk ©
Paducah Riverwalk

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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Aviation Heritage Park and Dinosaur World. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic RailPark & Train Museum and Onyx Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (in Horse Cave), 212 on the Main (in Glasgow) and Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Smothers Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bowling Green trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Bowling Green takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cave City, Casey Jones Distillery, 212 on the Main, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Smothers Park
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Aviation Heritage Park ©
Aviation Heritage Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World
Historic RailPark & Train Museum ©
Historic RailPark & Train Museum

5
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Frazier History Museum and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Historic Locust Grove are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Elizabethtown (Brown-Pusey House & Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum), Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon) and Bardstown (Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum, Barton 1792 Distillery, &more). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, have some family-friendly fun at Puzzles Fun Dome, sample the fine beverages at Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, and admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In April in Louisville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bardstown, Elizabethtown, Limestone Branch Distillery, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Popular historic sites such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Lexington Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mary Todd Lincoln House and The Great American Dollhouse Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea) and Frankfort (Floral Clock & Daniel Boone's Grave). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., relax in the rural setting at Taylor Made Farm, and do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lexington itinerary website.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lexington are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Frankfort, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Highlights from your plan
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate ©
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©

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