60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky travel planner
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Owensboro
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Paducah
— 5 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
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Lebanon
— 6 nights
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Lexington
— 13 nights
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Newport
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Louisville
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Owensboro — 4 nights

Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. You've now added Western Kentucky Botanical Garden to your itinerary. Explore Owensboro's surroundings by going to Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run), Henderson (John James Audubon Museum & Farmer and Frenchman Winery) and Bowling Green (Corsair Artisan Distillery, Jackson's Orchard & Nursery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Smothers Park and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dueling Grounds Distillery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Owensboro holiday website.

Louisville to Owensboro is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Owensboro. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paducah.
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Paducah — 5 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paducah: Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville), Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion) and The Arboretum at Murray State (in Murray). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Greenway Trail, explore the galleries of William Clark Market House Museum, and learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paducah trip site.

Traveling by car from Owensboro to Paducah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hopkinsville.
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Hopkinsville — 4 nights

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hopkinsville: Woodlands Nature Station (in Cadiz), Golden Pond (Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium & The Elk and Bison Prairie) and Don F Pratt Museum (in Fort Campbell). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery, look for all kinds of wild species at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, steep yourself in history at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center, and look for gifts at Griffin's Studio.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hopkinsville journey website.

You can drive from Paducah to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 4 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Cave National Park: Reid's Livery Winery (in Alvaton), Nolin Lake State Park (in Mammoth Cave) and Habbeger's Amish Market (in Scottsville). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Green River, and hike along Tall Man's Misery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hopkinsville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lebanon.
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Lebanon — 6 nights

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lebanon: The Abbey of Gethsemani (in Trappist), Danville (Art Center of the Bluegrass, Party On Air Extreme Inflatables, llc, &more) and William Whitley House (in Stanford). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery, do a tasting at Jesters Winery & Cafe, look for gifts at Awaken Boutique, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lebanon vacation planner.

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lebanon by car takes about 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lebanon due to the time zone difference. July in Lebanon sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 13 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Burlington (Rabbit Hash General Store & England idlewild park), Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery) and Creation Museum (in Petersburg). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, sample the tasty concoctions at West Sixth Brewing, and bet on a winner at Keeneland.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington travel tool.

You can drive from Lebanon to Lexington in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Newport.
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Newport — 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown), Maysville (Kentucky Gateway Museum Center & EAT Gallery) and O'Neil Landing (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium, take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, let little ones run wild at George Rogers Clark Park, and don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Newport online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Newport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
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Louisville — 19 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: Elizabethtown (Brown-Pusey House, Hardin County History Museum, &more), General Butler State Resort Park (in Carrollton) and Sparta (Kentucky Speedway & Neeley Family Distillery). The adventure continues: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, cool off at Kentucky Kingdom, and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisville route website.

Traveling by car from Newport to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Kentucky travel guide

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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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