31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip itinerary planner

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Paducah
— 3 nights
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Bowling Green
— 5 nights
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Louisville
— 9 nights
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Lexington
— 10 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Paducah

— 3 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Explore Paducah's surroundings by going to Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion), Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville) and The Elk and Bison Prairie (in Golden Pond). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, appreciate the history behind Wacinton Sculpture, steep yourself in history at Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, and stroll around Bob Noble Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paducah trip itinerary site.

Philadelphia to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 5 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: Dinosaur World (in Cave City), Diamond Caverns (in Park City) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Green River, Echo River, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground, and make a trip to 1921 Standard Oil Station.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip itinerary website.

Drive from Paducah to Bowling Green in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Louisville

— 9 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 Elizabethtown (Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum & Veterans Memorial), Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville) and Bardstown (Lux Row Distillers & Willett Distilling Company). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Louisville online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Louisville are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Lexington

— 10 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Frankfort (Salato Wildlife Education Center, Castle & Key Distillery, &more), Creation Museum (in Petersburg) and Versailles (Pin Oak Stud, Sun Valley Farm, &more). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, examine the collection at Ark Encounter, experience rural life at Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bluegrass Distillers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington planning app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Newport

— 3 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. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown) and Maysville (The Old Pogue Distillery, EAT Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Newport Aquarium, make a trip 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 tasty concoctions at Braxton Brewing Company.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Newport trip planner.

Drive from Lexington to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Newport, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.