5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Lexington
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

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hours
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Damselfly Gallery and then try your luck at Keeneland.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip builder app .

Charlotte to Lexington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Damselfly Gallery
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland

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nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

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 7th (Tue): trek along Tall Man's Misery, then stroll through Fat Man's Misery, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Mammoth Cave National Park sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo

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nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): meet the residents at Louisville Zoo, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then contemplate the long history of Churchill Downs. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, then contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planner .

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Louisville are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) 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 ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

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