5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Lexington
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Cave City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
Lexington

Lexington
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Salato Wildlife Education Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the King and then examine the collection at Ark Encounter.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip itinerary tool .

Detroit to Lexington is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in September, you will find days in Lexington are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Salato Wildlife Education Center, Ark Encounter
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Salato Wildlife Education Center ©
Salato Wildlife Education Center
Cathedral of Christ the King ©
Cathedral of Christ the King

1
night
Cave City

Cave City ©
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): Head underground at Onyx Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cave City trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Cave City takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Cave City. In September, daily temperatures in Cave City can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Cave City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Mammoth Cave National Park
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Onyx Cave ©
Onyx Cave

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, then contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then catch the contagious excitement of Churchill Downs.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Louisville road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cave City to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Louisville. In September, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

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