21 days in Kentucky, New Orleans & Austin Itinerary

21 days in Kentucky, New Orleans & Austin Itinerary

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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 6 nights
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Austin
— 7 nights
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run), Boundary Oak Distillery (in Radcliff) and Elizabethtown (Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum & Freeman Lake Park). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip site.

Manchester, UK to Louisville is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Louisville when traveling from Manchester in January, with lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Lexington

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Frankfort (Castle & Key Distillery & Salato Wildlife Education Center), The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, take a memorable drive along Old Frankfort Pike, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip planner.

Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Lexington sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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New Orleans

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, examine the collection at Cabildo, and wander the streets of Garden District.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans vacation builder site.

Getting from Lexington to New Orleans by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lexington to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lexington in January: highs in New Orleans hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Austin

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Calais Winery (in Hye), San Antonio (Spanish Governor's Palace, San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, &more) and Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & Grape Creek Vineyards on Main). There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin, learn more about the world around you at Texas Memorial Museum, and shop like a local with South Congress Avenue.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from New Orleans to Austin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New Orleans in January, Austin is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.