31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Newport
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 8 nights
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Corbin
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 5 nights
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Paducah
— 5 nights
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Newport

— 2 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (in Maysville) and EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium, sample the fine beverages at New Riff Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Braxton Brewing Company, and take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport trip website.

Philadelphia to Newport is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Louisville

— 8 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 Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont), Boundary Oak Distillery (in Radcliff) and Elizabethtown (Freeman Lake Park & Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, enjoy some diversion at Churchill Downs, and examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Newport to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lexington

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Paris (Claiborne Farm & Hartfield & Co.), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bluegrass Distillers, relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and get a new perspective on nature at Creation Museum.

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

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a 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 Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Corbin

— 2 nights
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. On the 20th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Daniel Boone National Forest and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Corbin day trip tool.

Getting from Lexington to Corbin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Corbin are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Corbin

Nature · Parks

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Smothers Park (in Owensboro), Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and Everly Brothers Monument (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River, trek along Tall Man's Misery, and examine the collection at National Corvette Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bowling Green sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Corbin to Bowling Green in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Paducah

— 5 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond), Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, walk around Mike Miller County Park, take a leisurely stroll along Paducah Riverwalk, and explore the activities along Kentucky Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paducah route maker.

Getting from Bowling Green to Paducah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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.