17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Newport
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 7 nights
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Loretto
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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Paducah
— 1 night
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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. On the 2nd (Mon), snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge and then take an in-depth tour of Creation Museum. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium and then examine the collection at Ark Encounter.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Newport day trip tool.

Milwaukee to Newport is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milwaukee to Newport, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Newport sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lexington

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, go for a walk through Kentucky Bourbon Trail, experience rural life at Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions, and try to win big at Keeneland.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Louisville

— 7 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff), Civil War Fort Duffield (in West Point) and Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet and Ice Cream Shop (in Simpsonville). There's much more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and steep yourself in history at Churchill Downs.

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Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Loretto.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Loretto

— 1 night
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Bardstown Art Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral, then do a tasting at McIntyre's Winery & Berries, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Loretto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Loretto takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Loretto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 3 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Explore Mammoth Cave National Park's surroundings by going to Bowling Green (Lost River Cave, National Corvette Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, trek along Fat Man's Misery, look for gifts at Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Sink Trail.

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You can drive from Loretto to Mammoth Cave National Park in 1.5 hours. 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 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paducah

— 1 night
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, then don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, and finally do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paducah trip builder tool.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Paducah by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

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.