30 days in Kentucky Itinerary

30 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky route planner
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Louisville
— 8 nights
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Cave City
— 6 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 3 nights
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Paducah
— 4 nights
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Lexington — 8 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Step off the beaten path and head to Unique Horse Farm Tours and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville), Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade) and Red River Gorge Geological Area (in Winchester). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Castle & Key Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip maker website.

Columbus to Lexington is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. April in Lexington sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Louisville.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks
Side Trips

Louisville — 8 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery and Willett Distilling Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Bardstown (Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum, Lux Row Distillers, &more) and Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, and sample the fine beverages at Old Forester Distilling.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville travel planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cave City.
Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cave City — 6 nights

Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Step off the beaten path and head to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum and Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon), Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville) and Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns, stroll around Freeman Lake Park, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cave City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Cave City. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Hopkinsville.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Hopkinsville — 3 nights

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Jefferson Davis State Historic Site. Explore Hopkinsville's surroundings by going to Woodlands Nature Station (in Cadiz) and Smothers Park (in Owensboro). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hopkinsville tour app.

Getting from Cave City to Hopkinsville by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paducah.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Paducah — 4 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Purple Toad Winery and Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland. Go for a jaunt from Paducah to Henderson to see Audubon State Park about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Bob Noble Park, take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk, admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, and have fun and explore at River Discovery Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paducah driving holiday planner.

Getting from Hopkinsville to Paducah by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Nature
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.