5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Bowling Green
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Paducah
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Louisville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. On the 23rd (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, contemplate the waterfront views at Kentucky Lake, and then examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits.

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Bowling Green to Paducah is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Paducah can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, Kentucky Lake
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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): Head underground at Onyx Cave, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, then explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns, and finally Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Traveling by car from Paducah to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cave City, Diamond Caverns
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

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Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the history at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Old Fort Harrod State Park, then pause for some photo ops at Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Lexington Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, then view the masterpieces at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tater Knob Pottery and Farm.

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You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington due to the time zone difference. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Berea, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, Old Fort Harrod State Park
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Old Fort Harrod State Park ©
Old Fort Harrod State Park
Lexington Cemetery ©
Lexington Cemetery

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Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Old Louisville, see the interesting displays at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), then steep yourself in history at Locust Grove, and finally examine the collection at 21c Museum Hotel.

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You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Historic Locust Grove ©
Historic Locust Grove
Old Louisville ©
Old Louisville

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