36 days in Kentucky Itinerary

36 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky holiday planner
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Paducah
— 5 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 4 nights
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Owensboro
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
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Louisville
— 9 nights
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Lexington
— 8 nights
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Paducah — 5 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: Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville), Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, stop by Twin Lakes Antique Mall, stroll around Bob Noble Park, and make a trip to Floodwall Murals.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paducah trip itinerary maker tool.

Portland to Paducah is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Paducah due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in June, with highs in Paducah at 87°F and lows at 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hopkinsville.
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Hopkinsville — 4 nights

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hopkinsville side-trips: Golden Pond (The Elk and Bison Prairie & Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium) and Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery, see some colorful creatures with Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf, and look for gifts at Griffin's Studio.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hopkinsville trip planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Hopkinsville are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Owensboro.
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Owensboro — 5 nights

Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowling Green (Riverview at Hobson Grove, Corsair Artisan Distillery, &more) and Henderson (John James Audubon Museum & Audubon State Park). There's more to do: walk around Smothers Park and sample the fine beverages at O.Z. Tyler Distillery.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Owensboro road trip app.

Getting from Hopkinsville to Owensboro by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Owensboro can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 4 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Mammoth Cave National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Dog Creek Recreation Area, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and stroll through Cedar Sink Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Owensboro to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Elizabethtown (Freeman Lake Park & Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, sample the fine beverages at Lux Row Distillers, and see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Louisville online travel route builder.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville is 1 hour. In June in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 8 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: Frankfort (Salato Wildlife Education Center, Buffalo Trace Distillery, &more), Boone County Distilling Co. (in Independence) and Versailles (Woodford Reserve Distillery & Sun Valley Farm). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ark Encounter, experience rural life at Mill Ridge Farm, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, and admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

Planning Lexington trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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Kentucky travel guide

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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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