40 days in Kentucky Itinerary

40 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky route builder

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Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Newport
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Newport
— 7 nights
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Lexington
— 6 nights
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Corbin
— 6 nights
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Cave City
— 5 nights
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Paducah
— 6 nights
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Louisville
— 7 nights
Drive to Blue Grass Airport, Fly to Lagos

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Newport

— 7 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ark Encounter and Serpent Mound. Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House and Glendower Historic Mansion will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: William Arnold Log House (in Williamstown), John Parker House (in Ripley) and Augusta (1811 Historic Jail & Rosemary Clooney House). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Kings Island. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Creation Museum, browse the different shops at Newport on the Levee, head outdoors with England idlewild park, and meet the residents at Newport Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip planner.

Lagos, Nigeria to Newport is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from West Africa Standard Time (WAT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lagos in November: high temperatures in Newport hover around 14°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lexington

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Kentucky Horse Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Old Fort Harrod State Park. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to White Hall State Historic Site (in Richmond), Fitchburg Furnace (in Ravenna) and Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lexington attractions website.

You can drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lexington are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Corbin

— 6 nights
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Smoky Mountain Knife Works and American Museum of Science and Energy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park and Pickett CCC Memorial State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corbin: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in Middlesboro), Blue Heron Interpretive Center (in Stearns) and Museum of Appalachia (in Clinton). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, take an in-depth tour of Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Kingdom Come State Park, and gain insight at Hindman Settlement School.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Corbin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Corbin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Corbin are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cave City

— 5 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
National Corvette Museum and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Bowling Green (Lost River Cave & Bowling Green Ballpark). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, hike along Fat Man's Misery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, and stroll through Cedar Sink Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cave City sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Corbin to Cave City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Corbin to Cave City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Cave City are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Paducah

— 6 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. Purple Toad Winery and St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paducah's surroundings by going to Columbus-Belmont State Park (in Columbus), Fort Donelson National Cemetery (in Dover) and Garden of the Gods (in Harrisburg). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Paducah Riverwalk, pause for some photo ops at Wacinton Sculpture, and admire the landmark architecture of U.S. Custom House.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paducah online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cave City to Paducah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Louisville

— 7 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Cave Hill Cemetery are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Bardstown (Spalding Hall & Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Civil War Fort Duffield (in West Point). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and sample the fine beverages at Jim Beam American Stillhouse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Louisville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Paducah to Louisville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Paducah to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.