5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky Trip Planner

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): hike along Cedar Sink Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park day trip planner.

Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park. In October in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature


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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 (Wed), look for gifts at Ruth Hunt Candy Company, then experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and then try to win big at Keeneland.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sparta.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip


Sparta is a home rule-class city in Gallatin and Owen counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): join the crowd at Kentucky Speedway.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sparta itinerary planner.

Drive from Lexington to Sparta in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Louisville.
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Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, then examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, and finally gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Louisville route planning website.

Traveling by car from Sparta to Louisville takes an 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 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Kentucky travel guide

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.