23 days in Kentucky, Texas & Louisiana Itinerary

23 days in Kentucky, Texas & Louisiana Itinerary

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Lexington
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Concan
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San Antonio
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Lexington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): experience rural life at Mill Ridge Farm and then get a tailor-made plan with Unique Horse Farm Tours. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, then relax in the rural setting at Sun Valley Farm, and then stroll through Salato Wildlife Education Center.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lexington trip itinerary maker site.

Orlando to Lexington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in July, expect Lexington to be a bit cooler, temps between 85°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kids will enjoy Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run), Brashears Creek (in Taylorsville) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). There's more to do: head outdoors with American Saddlebred Horse Farm Tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 3 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Attractions like Mammoth Cave and Nature & Wildlife Tours make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: stroll through Tall Man's Misery, contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River, and hike along Fat Man's Misery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

South Padre Island

— 1 night
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle, Inc..

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island trip maker app.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to South Padre Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in South Padre Island when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in July, with lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to Austin.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Side Trip

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Barton Springs Pool and Texas Memorial Museum. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, admire the natural beauty at Zilker Metropolitan Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Austin travel planner.

Getting from South Padre Island to Austin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from South Padre Island in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Austin: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Concan.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Concan

— 1 night
Concan is a small unincorporated community in Uvalde County in the southwestern portion of the Hill Country of Texas. On the 14th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Frio Cave, then get a dose of the wild on Frio Bat Flight Tours, and then head outdoors with Andy's on River Road.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Concan online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Austin to Concan in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Concan

Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

San Antonio

— 4 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Attractions like The San Antonio River Walk and Six Flags Fiesta Texas make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld, take an in-depth tour of Institute of Texan Cultures, stroll around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and meet the residents at San Antonio Zoo.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio tour planner.

You can drive from Concan to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. July in San Antonio sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

New Orleans

— 5 nights

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.
Attractions like The National WWII Museum and Jackson Square make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, see the interesting displays at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and get a dose of the wild on Happiness Bayou Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read New Orleans route tool.

You can fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in July, you will find days in New Orleans are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (80°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.