17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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17 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  25​h
1
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Loretto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bowling Green
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Petersburg
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Riyadh

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Tater Knob Pottery and Farm. Take a break from the city and head to Kentucky Horse Park and Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, view the masterpieces at Berea Arts Council, contemplate the long history of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington sightseeing planning tool .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lexington is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lexington. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in Lexington at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Loretto.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Berea, Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility, Ark Encounter, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Keeneland ©
Keeneland

1
night
Loretto

Loretto ©
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Abbey of Gethsemani, do a tasting at Springhill Winery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery, then do a tasting at Jesters Winery & Cafe, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark.

To find out how to plan a trip to Loretto, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lexington to Loretto in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Loretto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Loretto

Wineries Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lebanon, Springhill Winery, The Abbey of Gethsemani
Highlights from your plan
Springhill Winery ©
Springhill Winery
Maker's Mark ©
Maker's Mark
Limestone Branch Distillery ©
Limestone Branch Distillery

4
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lost River Cave. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Corvette Museum and Dinosaur World. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Hopkinsville (Casey Jones Distillery & Griffin's Studio), Onyx Cave (in Cave City) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Fat Man's Misery & Mammoth Cave National Park). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore and take pictures at NCM Motorsports Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and make a splash at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green road trip planner .

Getting from Loretto to Bowling Green by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Loretto to Bowling Green is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Hopkinsville, Cave City
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

5
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Head to 21c Museum Hotel and Flame Run Glass Studio and Galleryfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Churchill Downs and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to The Glendale Antique Mall (in Glendale), Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center, sample the fine beverages at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Louisville vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, The Glendale Antique Mall, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
Highlights from your plan
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

1
night
Petersburg

Petersburg
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Creation Museum.

Plan trip to Petersburg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Louisville to Petersburg in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Petersburg

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Creation Museum
Creation Museum

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