6 days in Kentucky Itinerary

6 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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6 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h
1
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Louisville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery, get to know the fascinating history of Waveland State Historic Site, try your luck at Keeneland, and relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Lexington trip planner .

Washington DC to Lexington is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in November since evenings lows in Lexington dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Ark Encounter, Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore and learn at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and McIntyre's Winery & Berries (in Bardstown). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, try to win big at Churchill Downs, and hike along The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Louisville sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Jefferson Memorial Forest, McIntyre's Winery & Berries, Maker's Mark, Jim Beam American Stillhouse
Highlights from your plan
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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