22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  2​h
1
Newport
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Louisville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Bowling Green
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Paducah
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
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. You'll explore and learn at Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Boone County Distilling Company and Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at New Riff Distillery, see the interesting displays at Vent Haven Museum, make a trip to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, and sample the tasty concoctions at Braxton Brewing Company.

Plan my day in Newport using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Columbus to Newport is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Covington, Creation Museum, Boone County Distilling Company, Vent Haven Museum, Ark Encounter
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Boone County Distilling Company ©
Boone County Distilling Company
Creation Museum
Creation Museum

6
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Fort Harrod State Park and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aviation Museum of Kentucky and Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea), Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek) and The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, examine the collection at Kentucky Horse Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington day trip planner.

Getting from Newport to Lexington by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfort, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, The Great American Dollhouse Museum, Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility, Woodford Reserve Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Old Fort Harrod State Park ©
Old Fort Harrod State Park
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©

6
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Speed Art Museum and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Abbey of Gethsemani and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Maker's Mark (in Loretto), Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery, My Old Kentucky Home, & more) and Clermont (Jim Beam American Stillhouse & Bernheim Arboretum & Forest). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Angel's Envy Distillery, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Louisville online route planner .

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bardstown, Clermont, The Abbey of Gethsemani, Limestone Branch Distillery, Maker's Mark
Highlights from your plan
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum ©
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
The Abbey of Gethsemani ©
The Abbey of Gethsemani

4
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Aviation Heritage Park and National Corvette Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Historic RailPark and Train Museum and South Union Shaker Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (in Mammoth Cave National Park), Diamond Caverns (in Park City) and Cave City (Onyx Cave & Dinosaur World). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Chaney's Dairy Barn, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Corsair Artisan Distillery, explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave, and make a splash at Russell Sims Aquatic Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Bowling Green sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cave City, Diamond Caverns, South Union Shaker Village, Mammoth Cave
Highlights from your plan
Historic RailPark and Train Museum ©
Aviation Heritage Park ©
Aviation Heritage Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

3
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at River Discovery Center and Paducah Riverwalk. Let the collections at Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum and Paducah Distilled Spirits capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond) and Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, contemplate the long history of William Clark Market House Museum, admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Paducah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Paducah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Paducah sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium, Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, Casey Jones Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
River Discovery Center ©
River Discovery Center
Casey Jones Distillery ©
Casey Jones Distillery

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