21 days in Kentucky Itinerary

21 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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21 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly + Drive:  17​h
1
Newport
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Louisville
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hopkinsville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cairo

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 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Devou Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ark Encounter and then examine the collection at Creation Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Newport route app .

Cairo, Egypt to Newport is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairo to Newport due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in Newport reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, Devou Park
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Newport on the Levee ©
Newport on the Levee

4
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
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 Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and The Great American Dollhouse Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Log House Craft Gallery and Ruth Hunt Candies. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Nada Tunnel (in Stanton), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Berea (Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea & Berea Arts Council). The adventure continues: bet on a winner at Keeneland, browse the different shops at Fayette Mall, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Horse Park, and sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Lexington sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Berea, Buffalo Trace Distillery, The Great American Dollhouse Museum, Ruth Hunt Candies, Nada Tunnel
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

7
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Churchill Downs. Let the collections at Kentucky Derby Museum and Frazier History Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, sample the fine beverages at Jim Beam American Stillhouse, examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center, and Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville trip website .

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Louisville are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Maker's Mark, Jefferson Memorial Forest, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
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Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

3
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
National Corvette Museum and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Cave National Park: Lost River Cave (in Bowling Green) and Kentucky's Stonehenge (in Munfordville). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, and hike along Fat Man's Misery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park vacation builder .

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to 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. December in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Hopkinsville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bowling Green, Kentucky's Stonehenge, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

3
nights
Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville ©
Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at The National Quilt Museum and Purple Toad Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hopkinsville: Paducah (St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church & Floodwall Murals) and Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond). And it doesn't end there: stop by Griffin's Studio, take an in-depth tour of Museums of Hopkinsville, have fun at Tie Breaker Family Aquatic Center, and admire all the interesting features of Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hopkinsville trip maker website .

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Hopkinsville by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hopkinsville

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Paducah, Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium
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