31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Louisville
1
Louisville
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bowling Green
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hopkinsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Paducah
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Louisville

8
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and 21c Museum Hotel will appeal to museum buffs. Do your shopping at The Glendale Antique Mall and Bardstown Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Clermont (Bernheim Arboretum & Forest & Jim Beam American Stillhouse), Bardstown (Willett Distilling Company & Fine Arts Bardstown Society) and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve (in Radcliff). There's much more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, view the masterpieces at Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and steep yourself in history at Churchill Downs.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville itinerary site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Louisville. In February, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Bardstown, Clermont, Elizabethtown, Maker's Mark, Mall St. Matthews
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Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

7
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Appreciate the collections at Ark Encounter and Damselfly Gallery. Head to Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Cane Ridge Meetinghousefor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Frankfort (Buffalo Trace Distillery & Salato Wildlife Education Center) and Berea (Tater Knob Pottery and Farm & Berea Arts Council). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Keeneland, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Four Roses, steep yourself in history at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, and examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lexington online trip planner .

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Berea, Frankfort, Midway, Williamstown, Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum

6
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. National Corvette Museum and South Union Shaker Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Mammoth Cave National Park and Tall Man's Misery. Get out of town with these interesting Bowling Green side-trips: Onyx Cave (in Cave City), Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (in Jamestown) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Fat Man's Misery, Cedar Sink Trail, & more). The adventure continues: stop by Habbeger's Amish Market, Head underground at Lost River Cave, view the masterpieces at Baker Arboretum & Downing Museum, and browse for treasures at Bright's Antique World.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bowling Green trip planner .

You can drive from Lexington to Bowling Green in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Bowling Green are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hopkinsville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Cub Run Cave, Habbeger's Amish Market, Bright's Antique World, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

4
nights
Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville ©
Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. You'll explore and learn at Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum and Historic Sixth Street. Visiting Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Jeffers Bend Environmental Center will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Hopkinsville: Woodlands Nature Station (in Cadiz), The Westchester (in White Plains) and The Elk and Bison Prairie (in Golden Pond). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery, stop by Griffin's Studio, hunt for treasures at Preservation Station Market And Event Center, and get engrossed in the history at Museums of Hopkinsville.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hopkinsville attractions planning app .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. In March in Hopkinsville, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Hopkinsville

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Golden Pond, The Westchester, Woodlands Nature Station, MB Roland Distillery, Preservation Station Market And Event Center
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Distilled Spirits. You'll explore and learn at The PAPA Gallery and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum. Change things up with a short trip to The Arboretum at Murray State in Murray (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, make a trip to Floodwall Murals, explore the world behind art at Yeiser Art Center, and sample the fine beverages at The Moonshine Company.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paducah holiday planner .

Drive from Hopkinsville to Paducah in 1.5 hours. In March in Paducah, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gilbertsville, Mike Miller County Park, The Arboretum at Murray State, Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
Highlights from your plan
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum ©
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum

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