17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky journey planner

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

— 2 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton), Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion) and Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, make a trip to Floodwall Murals, learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, and sample the fine beverages at The Moonshine Company.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paducah travel itinerary planner.

Salt Lake City to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in April: highs in Paducah hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 3 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Explore Bowling Green's surroundings by going to Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave, &more), Everly Brothers Monument (in Central City) and Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, make a trip to 1921 Standard Oil Station, and explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paducah to Bowling Green in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Louisville

— 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, browse the exhibits of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip planner.

Getting from Bowling Green to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Louisville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Lexington

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Claiborne Farm (in Paris), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Keeneland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, and make a trip to Kentucky Horse Park.

Before you visit Lexington, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Lexington sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Newport

— 1 night
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Devou Park, then snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Newport online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Newport, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.