50 days in Kentucky Itinerary

50 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky tour planner
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Fly to Nashville International Airport, Drive to Bowling Green
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Bowling Green
— 6 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 5 nights
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Paducah
— 6 nights
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Owensboro
— 5 nights
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Louisville
— 14 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 10 nights
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Bowling Green — 6 nights

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (Fat Man's Misery, Mammoth Cave, &more), Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run) and Dinosaur World (in Cave City). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Lost River Cave, get engrossed in the history at South Union Shaker Village, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green vacation planner.

Dakar, Senegal to Bowling Green is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Dakar in February, expect Bowling Green to be colder, temps between 12°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hopkinsville.
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Hopkinsville — 5 nights

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hopkinsville: Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium (in Golden Pond) and Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Casey Jones Distillery, putt your heart out at Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf, look for gifts at Griffin's Studio, and stroll around Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hopkinsville trip builder tool.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. February in Hopkinsville sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Paducah.
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Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Shopping
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Paducah — 6 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuttawa Harbor Marina (in Kuttawa) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, sample the fine beverages at The Moonshine Company, look for gifts at Twin Lakes Antique Mall, and don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paducah online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hopkinsville to Paducah by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Paducah can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Owensboro.
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Side Trips

Owensboro — 5 nights

Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Owensboro side-trips: Everly Brothers Monument (in Central City) and Henderson (John James Audubon Museum & Ruby Moon Vineyard & Winery). There's much more to do: walk around Smothers Park, sample the fine beverages at O.Z. Tyler Distillery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Preservation Station Market And Event Center, and relax in the rural setting at Reid's Orchard.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Owensboro trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paducah to Owensboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Owensboro can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Louisville.
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Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wineries
Side Trips

Louisville — 14 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery, Lux Row Distillers, &more) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, explore the galleries of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville visit planning website.

You can drive from Owensboro to Louisville in 2 hours. Traveling from Owensboro to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Louisville sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Newport.
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Newport — 3 nights

Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Newport is known for zoos & aquariums, shopping, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, sample the tasty concoctions at Braxton Brewing Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at New Riff Distillery, and don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Newport itinerary planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Newport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 10 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Versailles (Woodford Reserve Distillery & Sun Valley Farm), Boone County Distilling Co. (in Independence) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at West Sixth Brewing, and relax in the rural setting at Mill Ridge Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lexington planner.

You can drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.
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