5 days in Sterling, Kentucky & North Carolina Itinerary

5 days in Sterling, Kentucky & North Carolina Itinerary

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— Few hours
— 2 nights
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to Dane County Regional Truax Field



Sterling is a city in Whiteside County, Illinois, United States. On the 16th (Wed), stroll around Sinnissippi Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sterling trip itinerary builder website.

Madison to Sterling is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Sterling can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Sterling

Highlights from your trip


Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center, then take a tour by water with Endless Summer Paddle Company, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Louisville sightseeing website.

You can drive from Sterling to Louisville in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sterling to Louisville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sterling in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Louisville, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 19th (Sat), trek along Fat Man's Misery, then stroll through Tall Man's Misery, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. In September in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Barnardsville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature


Barnardsville is an unincorporated community in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States.Located on Ivy Creek, the settlement is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryBarnard's Inn was established at the settlement by Hezekiah and Hester Barnard in the early 1800s.A post office was established in 1875.Barnardsville incorporated in 1959, and established its own police force and fire department. On the 20th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline and then cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Barnardsville trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Barnardsville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barnardsville

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

North Carolina travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.