29 days in Kentucky Itinerary

29 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky route planner

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Lexington
— 5 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 8 nights
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Loretto
— 1 night
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Corbin
— 1 night
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Bowling Green
— 6 nights
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Paducah
— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Danville (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas & The Great American Dollhouse Museum) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, walk around Natural Bridge State Resort Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip itinerary maker app.

Dallas to Lexington is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Lexington. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get a bit cooler in Lexington: highs are around 85°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): walk around George Rogers Clark Park, see the interesting displays at Vent Haven Museum, and then examine the collection at Ark Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium, then take an in-depth tour of Creation Museum, and then take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Newport day trip tool.

Getting from Lexington to Newport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Louisville

— 8 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), Kentucky September 11th Memorial (in Radcliff) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Sun) at Kentucky Kingdom. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, see where the action happens at Louisville Slugger Field, and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Louisville online day trip planner.

You can drive from Newport to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Loretto.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Loretto

— 1 night
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Maker's Mark, contemplate the long history of Lincoln Homestead State Park, then do a tasting at Springhill Winery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey of Gethsemani.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Loretto trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Loretto in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Loretto are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Corbin.

Things to do in Loretto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Corbin

— 1 night
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, stroll around Sanders Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Corbin vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Loretto to Corbin takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks · Nature · Museums

Bowling Green

— 6 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Bowling Green side-trips: Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run), Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Green River, &more) and Diamond Caverns (in Park City). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, Head underground at Onyx Cave, stroll around Smothers Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Corbin to Bowling Green in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Corbin to Bowling Green, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Paducah

— 5 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. 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). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, appreciate the history behind Wacinton Sculpture, and take a leisurely stroll along Paducah Riverwalk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paducah journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Paducah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Paducah, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.