18 days in Kentucky Itinerary

18 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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18 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Ulaanbaatar

1
night
Newport

Newport
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 25th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Ark Encounter and then browse the different shops at Newport on the Levee. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with England idlewild park, examine the collection at Creation Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport visit planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Newport is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Newport due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in December, things will get much hotter in Newport: highs are around 8°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ark Encounter, England idlewild park, Creation Museum
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
England idlewild park ©
England idlewild park

6
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Louisville Mega Cavern and Civil War Fort Duffield. Head to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and Mall St. Matthewsfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Maker's Mark (in Loretto), Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and McIntyre's Winery & Berries (in Bardstown). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, take a stroll through Old Louisville, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Louisville are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mall St. Matthews, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, McIntyre's Winery & Berries, Civil War Fort Duffield, Maker's Mark
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

4
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Visiting Mammoth Cave National Park and Lost River Cave will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at The Glendale Antique Mall and Griffin's Studio. 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 much more to do: stroll through Fat Man's Misery, stop by Magaline's Antique Mall, examine the collection at Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowling Green, The Glendale Antique Mall, Griffin's Studio, Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum, Magaline's Antique Mall
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

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.
Head to Log House Craft Gallery and Fayette Mallfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Kentucky Horse Park and Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort), Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). It doesn't end there: try your luck at Keeneland and browse the collection at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lexington vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Lexington sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Berea, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

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