5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Memphis

1
night
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 30th (Mon): Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planner.

Memphis to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Memphis in September; daily highs in Mammoth Cave National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hart County Museum
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Hart County Museum ©
Hart County Museum

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and finally try your luck at Churchill Downs.

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

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

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

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., take an in-depth tour of Ark Encounter, and then experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): bet on a winner at Keeneland, then sample the fine beverages at Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility, and then don't miss a visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ark Encounter, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility
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Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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