18 days in New York City & Kentucky Itinerary

18 days in New York City & Kentucky Itinerary

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New York City
— 7 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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New York City — 7 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately Bronx away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the New York City road trip planner.

Oslo, Norway to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Oslo to New York City is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oslo in July: highs in New York City hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park — 3 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Mammoth Cave National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, trek along Fat Man's Misery, stroll through Tall Man's Misery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Green River.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park tour itinerary builder app.

Fly from New York City to Mammoth Cave National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mammoth Cave National Park when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Louisville.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trip

Louisville — 3 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon) and American Saddlebred Horse Farm Tours (in Shelbyville). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Louisville trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Lexington — 4 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Castle & Key Distillery (in Frankfort), Danville (Wilderness Trail Distillery & The Great American Dollhouse Museum) and Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lexington travel route planner.

Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.
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