4 days in Kentucky Itinerary

4 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip planner

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 day
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 day
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): hike along Cedar Sink Trail, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park attractions planner.

New York City to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and finally look for gifts at A Taste of Kentucky. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), then examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then walk around Iroquois Park.

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Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Lexington

— 1 night

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.
On the 25th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours and then browse the exhibits of Kentucky Horse Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lexington road trip website.

Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.