22 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Texas Itinerary

22 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Texas Itinerary

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22 days in Kentucky, Tennessee & Texas Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bowling Green
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kentucky Horse Park and Ark Encounter. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maker's Mark and Keeneland. Venture out of the city with trips to Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and sample the fine beverages at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Lexington is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 7 hours. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trips

Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Maker's Mark
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Keeneland ©
Keeneland

3
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Get outdoors at Lost River Cave and Dog Creek Recreation Area. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Corvette Museum and South Union Shaker Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Tall Man's Misery, & more). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Bowling Green takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lexington to Bowling Green, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Dog Creek Recreation Area, South Union Shaker Village
Highlights from your plan
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Visiting Bowie Nature Park and Centennial Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Carter House and Storytellers Museum. Change things up with a short trip to The Copper Fox Gallery in Franklin (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, play a few rounds at Hermitage Golf Course, stop by Smith Creek Moonshine, and steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online road trip planner .

Drive from Bowling Green to Nashville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nashville are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Hermitage Golf Course, Storytellers Museum, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Storytellers Museum ©
Storytellers Museum

1
night
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
On the 7th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Fiesta Vineyard & Winery, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Pacific War, then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Agave Gallery Fine Art, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, then experience rural life at Wildseed Farms, and finally do a tasting at Pontotoc Vineyard.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fredericksburg sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nashville to Fredericksburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Wineries Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg ©

1
night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 9th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at Laguna Madre Nature Trail, then stop by Seas the Day, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to South Padre Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Fredericksburg in November, expect South Padre Island to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Fowler's Clay Works. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Trail, and cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planning website .

Getting from South Padre Island to Gatlinburg by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from South Padre Island to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from South Padre Island in November, plan for little chillier days in Gatlinburg, with highs around 18°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 4°C. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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