43 days in Kentucky Itinerary

43 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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43 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Slade
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Middlesboro
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Paducah
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cadiz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bowling Green
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hodgenville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Louisville
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Lexington
— 8 nights
+3
Fly + tram + foot + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

2
nights
Slade

Slade ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fitchburg Furnace and Loretta Lynn's Home. Take a break from the city and head to Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Nada Tunnel. Get out of town with these interesting Slade side-trips: Cave Run Lake (in Morehead) and Walking Bridge (in River).

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Slade trip website .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Slade is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in April; daily highs in Slade reach 22°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Middlesboro.

Things to do in Slade

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides, Nada Tunnel, Walking Bridge, Fitchburg Furnace, Three Forks Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge State Resort Park ©
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Loretta Lynn's Home ©
Loretta Lynn's Home
Fitchburg Furnace ©
Fitchburg Furnace

2
nights
Middlesboro

Middlesboro ©
Middlesboro is a home rule-class city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Camp Wildcat Battlefield, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sanders Park, then contemplate the long history of Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site, and finally take a peaceful walk through Pine Mountain State Resort Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Middlesboro attractions planner .

Getting from Slade to Middlesboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Slade to Middlesboro. In April, daily temperatures in Middlesboro can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Middlesboro

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Sanders Park, Camp Wildcat Battlefield, Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park ©
Pine Mountain State Resort Park ©
Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Sanders Park ©
Sanders Park

4
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Get some historical perspective at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and Paducah Riverwalk. The National Quilt Museum and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paducah: Columbus-Belmont State Park (in Columbus), Wickliffe (Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross & Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site) and Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits, do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, and contemplate the long history of William Clark Market House Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paducah holiday planning site .

You can drive from Middlesboro to Paducah in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April in Paducah, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cadiz.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gilbertsville, Wickliffe, Columbus-Belmont State Park, Mike Miller County Park, Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland
Highlights from your plan
Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
River Discovery Center ©
River Discovery Center

3
nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cadiz is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Trigg County, Kentucky, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Kenlake State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center and Museums of Hopkinsville. Explore Cadiz's surroundings by going to LBL Moonshine Museum (in Hardin), Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville) and The Arboretum at Murray State (in Murray). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Barkley and look for all kinds of wild species at Woodlands Nature Station.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cadiz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paducah to Cadiz takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Cadiz

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hopkinsville, Hardin, Golden Pond, Lake Barkley, The Arboretum at Murray State
Highlights from your plan

7
nights
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Bill Monroe's Home Place and Nolin Lake State Park. Popular historic sites such as St. Joseph Catholic Church and Riverview at Hobson Grove are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowling Green: Diamond Caverns (in Park City), Cave City (Onyx Cave & Dinosaur World) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park, & more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at South Union Shaker Village, explore and take pictures at NCM Motorsports Park, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Vette City Antique Mall, and see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green online holiday planner .

You can drive from Cadiz to Bowling Green in 2 hours. In May in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hodgenville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Owensboro, Cave City, Diamond Caverns, Nolin Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park

4
nights
Hodgenville

Hodgenville ©
Hodgenville is a home rule-class city in LaRue County, Kentucky, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge Battlefield. Popular historic sites such as The Abbey of Gethsemani and Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore Hodgenville's surroundings by going to Jamestown (Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery & Lake Cumberland State Resort Park), Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run) and Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum (in Horse Cave). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, sample the fine beverages at Limestone Branch Distillery, and brush up on your military savvy at Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hodgenville day trip planning app .

Drive from Bowling Green to Hodgenville in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Hodgenville due to the time zone difference. In May in Hodgenville, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Hodgenville

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bardstown, Jamestown, Elizabethtown, Cub Run Cave, Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge Battlefield
Highlights from your plan
The Abbey of Gethsemani ©
The Abbey of Gethsemani
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery ©
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

9
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visiting Louisville Mega Cavern and Taylorsville Lake State Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cave Hill Cemetery and Creation Museum. Take a break from Louisville with a short trip to Civil War Fort Duffield in West Point, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), hike along The Parklands of Floyds Fork, and wander the streets of Old Louisville.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Louisville itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Hodgenville to Louisville takes an hour. May in Louisville sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Jefferson Memorial Forest, Taylorsville Lake State Park, Civil War Fort Duffield, Creation Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Speed Art Museum ©
The Speed Art Museum
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork

8
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch and Lexington Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and Kentucky Horse Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Frankfort (Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Frankfort Cemetery, & more), The Great American Dollhouse Museum (in Danville) and Berea (Union Church & Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea). There's much more to do: take in the history at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, contemplate the long history of Old Fort Harrod State Park, experience rural life at Claiborne Farm, and get to know the fascinating history of Waveland State Historic Site.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lexington road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Lexington sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Frankfort, Berea, Georgetown, Harrodsburg, Claiborne Farm
Highlights from your plan
McConnell Springs ©
McConnell Springs
Old Fort Harrod State Park ©
Old Fort Harrod State Park

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