16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

16 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Newport
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Bowling Green
— 3 nights
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Paducah
— 2 nights
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Newport

Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, hunt for treasures at Jungle Jim's International Market, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cincinnati Nature Center.

Plan my day in Newport using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Chicago to Newport is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In July in Newport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Wildlife · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

4
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Lexington

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.
Visiting Kentucky Horse Park and Salato Wildlife Education Center will get you outdoors. Head to Barrel House Distillery and Damselfly Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek), Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Woodford Reserve Distillery, take in the exciting artwork at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, experience rural life at Tater Knob Pottery and Farm, and do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lexington sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lexington are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visiting Louisville Mega Cavern and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to The Glendale Antique Mall (in Glendale), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Churchill Downs, walk around The Parklands of Floyds Fork, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Louisville online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Bowling Green

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Get in touch with nature at Mammoth Cave and Fat Man's Misery. Get out of town with these interesting Bowling Green side-trips: Cave City (Onyx Cave & Kentucky Action Park). The adventure continues: Head underground at Lost River Cave, examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, find something for the whole family at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon, and join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park.

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You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 10th (Sat): explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, then make a trip to Floodwall Murals, then get engrossed in the history at Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk, then examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits, then stop by Newsom's Old Mill Store, and finally stroll around Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Paducah trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bowling Green to Paducah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Paducah, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.