18 days in Kentucky Itinerary

18 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Newport
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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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 25th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter and then buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee. On the next day, head outdoors with England idlewild park, get engrossed in the history at Creation Museum, and then meet the residents at Newport Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip builder.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Newport is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. In December, Newport is warmer than Ulaanbaatar - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Louisville

— 6 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Churchill Downs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet and Ice Cream Shop and WHY Louisville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Maker's Mark (in Loretto), McIntyre's Winery & Berries (in Bardstown) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Louisville day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Newport to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 4 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Shop till you drop at The Glendale Antique Mall and Griffin's Studio. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave and Nature & Wildlife Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Cave National Park: Bowling Green (1921 Standard Oil Station, National Corvette Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, explore the activities along Green River, Head underground at Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, and stop by Magaline's Antique Mall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park planner.

Drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. January in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kentucky Horse Park and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Head to Fayette Mall and Log House Craft Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Keeneland, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and browse the collection at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lexington itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

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.