31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky attractions planner
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Paducah
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 5 nights
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Corbin
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Louisville
— 9 nights
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Newport
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Paducah — 4 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paducah: Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), The Arboretum at Murray State (in Murray) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, walk around Bob Noble Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Adsmore House & Gardens, and stroll through Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Paducah journey website.

Philadelphia to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Paducah. In April, daytime highs in Paducah are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowling Green: Hopkinsville (Museums of Hopkinsville, Casey Jones Distillery, &more), Mammoth Cave National Park (Green River, Echo River, &more) and Dinosaur World (in Cave City). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, Head underground at Diamond Caverns, contemplate the waterfront views at Dog Creek Recreation Area, and don't miss a visit to 1921 Standard Oil Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bowling Green travel route planning site.

Getting from Paducah to Bowling Green by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Corbin.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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. state of Kentucky. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the activities along Laurel River Lake and then immerse yourself in nature at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Corbin journey site.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Corbin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Corbin due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Lexington — 8 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Versailles (Pin Oak Stud, Sun Valley Farm, &more), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Boone County Distilling Co. (in Independence). There's much more to do: try to win big at Keeneland, experience rural life at Claiborne Farm, surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, and admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lexington vacation website.

Traveling by car from Corbin to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Lexington are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Louisville.
Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Louisville — 9 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Bardstown (Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Barton 1792 Distillery, &more) and Elizabethtown (The Elizabethtown Nature Park, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Louisville driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Newport.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Historic Sites
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 Maysville (EAT Gallery & Kentucky Gateway Museum Center), EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown) and O'Neil Landing (in Augusta). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Newport Aquarium, take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, let the kids burn off some steam at George Rogers Clark Park, and stroll around Devou Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Newport road trip planning site.

Getting from Louisville to Newport by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Louisville in April since evenings lows in Newport dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games · Museums
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.