22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip planner

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Lexington
— 5 nights
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Lebanon
— 2 nights
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Cave City
— 4 nights
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Paducah
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 6 nights
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Lexington

— 5 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Step off the beaten path and head to Castle & Key Distillery and Unique Horse Farm Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Four Roses (in Lawrenceburg) and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, contemplate the long history of Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, raise your glass at Barrel House Distillery, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington online holiday planner.

Bergen, Norway to Lexington is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Bergen to Lexington is minus 6 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Bergen in July: highs in Lexington hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lebanon.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Lebanon

— 2 nights
Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Limestone Branch Distillery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey of Gethsemani, and then do a tasting at Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Old Fort Harrod State Park, then see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lebanon trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Lexington to Lebanon by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Lebanon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Lebanon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Cave City

— 4 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Get some cultural insight at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and The Lincoln Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dinosaur World and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Elizabethtown (Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum & Freeman Lake Park) and Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, hike along Fat Man's Misery, and Head underground at Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cave City tour planner.

Drive from Lebanon to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lebanon to Cave City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cave City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Paducah

— 3 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Visit Paducah Riverwalk and Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Purple Toad Winery and River Discovery Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Hancock's of Paducah, walk around Bob Noble Park, admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, and see the interesting displays at Paducah Distilled Spirits.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paducah online attractions planner.

You can drive from Cave City to Paducah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Louisville

— 6 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visit Cave Hill Cemetery and Historic Locust Grove for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Angel's Envy Distillery and The Speed Art Museum. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Bardstown (Lux Row Distillers, Willett Distilling Company, &more) and Ghirardelli Chocolate Outlet and Ice Cream Shop (in Simpsonville). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, stroll around Louisville Waterfront Park, and see the interesting displays at Frazier History Museum.

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

You can drive from Paducah to Louisville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paducah to Louisville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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.