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 Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion) and The Elk and Bison Prairie (in Golden Pond). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, pause for some photo ops at Wacinton Sculpture, walk around Mike Miller County Park, and admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Paducah day trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Paducah is minus 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.
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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: Diamond Caverns (in Park City), Dinosaur World (in Cave City) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Green River, Echo River, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground, sample the fine beverages at Corsair Artisan Distillery, 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 drive; or 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.
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Louisville — 9 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Bardstown (Lux Row Distillers & Willett Distilling Company), Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville) and Elizabethtown (Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum & Veterans Memorial). The adventure continues: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle).

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville online day trip planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville due to the time zone 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.
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Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites
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Lexington — 10 nights

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: Creation Museum (in Petersburg), Versailles (Pin Oak Stud, Sun Valley Farm, &more) and Frankfort (Salato Wildlife Education Center, Castle & Key Distillery, &more). There's lots more to do: try to win big at Keeneland, get outside with Unique Horse Farm Tours, examine the collection at Ark Encounter, and explore and take pictures at Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lexington are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Newport.
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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 Maysville (The Old Pogue Distillery, EAT Gallery, &more) and EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, let little ones run wild at George Rogers Clark Park, make a trip to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, and buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Newport road trip site.

You can drive from Lexington to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Newport are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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