30 days in Kentucky Itinerary

30 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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30 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Newport
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Corbin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Paducah
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Louisville
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Indianapolis

4
nights
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. For shopping fun, head to Newport on the Levee or Florence Antique Mall. Escape the urban bustle at England idlewild park and Kincaid Lake State Park. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (in Maysville) and Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (in Union). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Creation Museum, don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and sample the fine beverages at Boone County Distilling Company.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Newport trip itinerary builder .

Indianapolis to Newport is an approximately 2-hour bus ride. You can also drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Covington, Vent Haven Museum, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Creation Museum, Florence Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site ©
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum

7
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Get some cultural insight at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Wildside Winery. Head to Tater Knob Pottery and Farm and Log House Craft Galleryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Frankfort (Daniel Boone's Grave, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, & more), Old Fort Harrod State Park (in Harrodsburg) and The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, witness the site of a historic battle at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, try to win big at Keeneland, and learn about winemaking at Elk Creek Vineyards.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Newport to Lexington by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfort, Berea, Georgetown, Versailles, Old Fort Harrod State Park
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Corbin

Corbin ©
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 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and then stroll through Sanders Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Camp Wildcat Battlefield, then immerse yourself in nature at Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Corbin holiday site .

Getting from Lexington to Corbin by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Corbin are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

London, Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park ©
Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum ©
Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum

3
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum and National Corvette Museum. Get outdoors at Mammoth Cave National Park and Fat Man's Misery. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Cave National Park side-trips: Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run) and Bowling Green (Aviation Heritage Park & Chaney's Dairy Barn). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Dinosaur World and Head underground at Onyx Cave.

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Traveling by car from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Corbin to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bowling Green, Cave City, Diamond Caverns, Cub Run Cave, Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Aviation Heritage Park ©
Aviation Heritage Park

5
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Visit Paducah Riverwalk and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The National Quilt Museum and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paducah: Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), Newsom's Old Mill Store (in Princeton) and Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Woodlands Nature Station, take in nature's colorful creations at Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, get engrossed in the history at Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, and view the masterpieces at The PAPA Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paducah visit planning tool .

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Paducah by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, Woodlands Nature Station, Newsom's Old Mill Store, Kentucky Lake, Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
Highlights from your plan
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
River Discovery Center ©
River Discovery Center

8
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Discover out-of-the-way places like My Old Kentucky Home and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). Get outdoors at Louisville Mega Cavern and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), The Abbey of Gethsemani (in Trappist) and Bardstown (Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum, Barton 1792 Distillery, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Louisville, steep yourself in history at Churchill Downs, stop by The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Louisville trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Paducah to Louisville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Paducah to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Louisville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bardstown, Maker's Mark, Jefferson Memorial Forest, The Abbey of Gethsemani, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
Highlights from your plan
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum ©
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork

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