28 days in Kentucky Itinerary

28 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Petersburg
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Petersburg
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Paducah
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bowling Green
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lebanon
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Petersburg — 1 night

Located on the site of an ancient Indian settlement, Petersburg is a small rural community.
On the 6th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, then head outdoors with England idlewild park, and then learn more about the world around you at Creation Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Petersburg online driving holiday planner.

Exeter, UK to Petersburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Louisville.
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Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
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Louisville — 6 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Clermont (James B. Beam Distilling Co. & Bernheim Arboretum & Forest) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center, try to win big at Churchill Downs, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip itinerary app.

Getting from Petersburg to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paducah.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Paducah — 5 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Paducah side-trips: Woodlands Nature Station (in Cadiz), Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville) and Golden Pond (Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium & The Elk and Bison Prairie). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, look for gifts at Twin Lakes Antique Mall, explore the engaging exhibits at River Discovery Center, and learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paducah trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Paducah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Bowling Green.
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Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Bowling Green — 6 nights

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Onyx Cave (in Cave City), Owensboro (Green River Distilling Co. & Smothers Park) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Fat Man's Misery, Tall Man's Misery, &more). The adventure continues: join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, sample the fine beverages at Dueling Grounds Distillery, Head underground at Lost River Cave, and get to know the resident critters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bowling Green trip planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Bowling Green in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lebanon.
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Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails
Side Trips

Lebanon — 1 night

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Limestone Branch Distillery, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark, and then do a tasting at Jesters Winery & Cafe.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lebanon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Lebanon takes 2 hours. Traveling from Bowling Green to Lebanon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bowling Green in September, you will find days in Lebanon are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lexington.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
Side Trip

Lexington — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Frankfort (Floral Clock, Buffalo Trace Distillery, &more), Paris (Claiborne Farm & Cane Ridge Meetinghouse) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, experience rural life at Mill Ridge Farm, and don't miss a visit to Kentucky Horse Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Lexington travel route planner.

Getting from Lebanon to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.
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