16 days in Nashville & Kentucky's Bluegrass Region Itinerary

16 days in Nashville & Kentucky's Bluegrass Region Itinerary

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16 days in Nashville & Kentucky's Bluegrass Region Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Lexington
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Newark

8
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Downtown Franklin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville), National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green) and Franklin (Carter House, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill).

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nashville tour itinerary builder app .

Newark to Nashville is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Franklin, Casey Jones Distillery, Wynnewood, National Corvette Museum, Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

7
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Mary Todd Lincoln House and Lexington Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Bluegrass Heritage Museum (in Winchester), Frankfort (Daniel Boone's Grave, Buffalo Trace Distillery, & more) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, steep yourself in history at Old Fort Harrod State Park, experience rural life at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and examine the collection at The Great American Dollhouse Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lexington online tour planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Lexington in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Lexington, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Frankfort, Lawrenceburg, Harrodsburg, Georgetown, Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Castle & Key Distillery ©
Castle & Key Distillery
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Woodford Reserve Distillery ©
Woodford Reserve Distillery

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