16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip itinerary builder

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Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bowling Green
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 2 nights
Drive to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Fly to Perth International Airport

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Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Bring the kids along to Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Elizabethtown (Brown-Pusey House, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Louisville Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville online day trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Louisville is an approximately 32-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Perth to Louisville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Louisville: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 4 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mammoth Cave and Fat Man's Misery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Cave City (Dinosaur World & Onyx Cave), Mammoth Cave National Park (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Tall Man's Misery, &more) and Diamond Caverns (in Park City). There's much more to do: Head underground at Lost River Cave, bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park, make a splash at Russell Sims Aquatic Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dog Creek Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Lexington

— 4 nights

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Attractions like Kentucky Horse Park and Legacy Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Boone County Veterans Memorial Park (in Florence), Rabbit Hash General Store (in Burlington) and Creation Museum (in Petersburg). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Unique Horse Farm Tours, see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul Catholic Church, and experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lexington trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Lexington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Lexington sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 28th (Mon), take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, browse the different shops at Newport on the Levee, let little ones run wild at George Rogers Clark Park, then don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Newport online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Fun & Games · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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.