5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Mansfield
Drive:  4​h
1
Newport
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Cave City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Mansfield

1
day
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Kings Island and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport tour planner.

Mansfield to Newport is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In July in Newport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Newport

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kings Island
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Kings Island ©
Kings Island
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and then Head underground at Lost River Cave.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cave City day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Newport to Cave City takes 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newport to Cave City due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Cave City are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, Lost River Cave
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then have fun at Churchill Downs. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Kentucky Kingdom, then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and then explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel.

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Traveling by car from Cave City to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cave City to Louisville is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Kentucky Kingdom ©
Kentucky Kingdom
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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