31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky holiday planner

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Paducah
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 6 nights
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Louisville
— 8 nights
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Covington
— 4 nights
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour (in Makanda), Columbus-Belmont State Park (in Columbus) and Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross (in Wickliffe). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, see human ingenuity at work at Kentucky Dam, and pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paducah tour builder site.

Saint Louis to Paducah is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 6 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (Mammoth Cave, Fat Man's Misery, &more), Cave City (Onyx Cave & Adventures of Mammoth Cave) and Owensboro (World's Largest Sassafras Tree, Smothers Park, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Cub Run Cave, contemplate the long history of Riverview at Hobson Grove, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Bowling Green takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Louisville

— 8 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek (in Hodgenville), Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). There's still lots to do: bet on a winner at Churchill Downs, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Louisville trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville. May in Louisville sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Frankfort (Castle & Key Distillery, Salato Wildlife Education Center, &more), Claiborne Farm (in Paris) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Keeneland, take a tour by water with Boone Creek Outdoors, surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours, and experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lexington journey planning tool.

Getting from Louisville to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Lexington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Covington.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Covington

— 4 nights
Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Step out of Covington with an excursion to Ark Encounter in Williamstown--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at Riverside Food Tours, let little ones run wild at George Rogers Clark Park, examine the collection at Behringer-Crawford Museum, and snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Covington trip planner.

Getting from Lexington to Covington by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Covington can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Covington

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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.