60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky visit planner

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Newport
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Lexington
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Corbin
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Loretto
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Paducah
— 6 nights
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Owensboro
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Bowling Green
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Louisville
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Newport

— 5 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. Kids will enjoy Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge and Newport Aquarium. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cincinnati Nature Center and Newport on the Levee. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery), Promont House Museum (in Milford) and Ripley (John Rankin House, John Parker House, &more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Sharon Woods, contemplate the waterfront views at O'Neil Landing, don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, and take an in-depth tour of Heritage Village Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Newport trip itinerary app.

Louisville to Newport is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Newport, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Lexington

— 10 nights

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Step off the beaten path and head to Mill Ridge Farm and Explorium. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Frankfort (Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum, Old State Capitol, &more), Harrodsburg (Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch & Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill) and Rising Sons Home Farm Winery (in Lawrenceburg). There's lots more to do: gain insight at University of Kentucky, walk around Jacobson Park, hike along Legacy Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Waveland State Historic Site.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington route planning app.

Drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Corbin

— 5 nights
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Family-friendly places like SomerSplash Waterpark and Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norris Dam State Park and Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park. Get out of town with these interesting Corbin side-trips: Nancy (Haney's Appledale Farm & Millsprings Battlefield Museum), Norris Lake (in La Follette) and Indian Mountain State Park (in Jellico). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, contemplate the waterfront views at Obed Wild & Scenic River, admire the majestic nature at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Corbin trip maker app.

You can drive from Lexington to Corbin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Corbin can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Loretto.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Loretto

— 4 nights
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Kids will enjoy Kentucky Railway Museum and Old Frankfort Pike. Explore hidden gems such as The Abbey of Gethsemani and The Lincoln Museum. Explore Loretto's surroundings by going to Springhill Winery (in Bloomfield), Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery (in Willisburg) and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (in Hodgenville). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Bluegrass Pkwy, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery, contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, and examine the collection at Lincoln Legacy Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Loretto road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Corbin to Loretto takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Loretto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Loretto

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Paducah

— 6 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Discovery Center and Paducah Riverwalk. Bring the kids along to Discovery Park of America and Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville), Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton) and Kuttawa Harbor Marina (in Kuttawa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Boo Rochman Memorial Park, admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Superman Statue.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paducah trip maker tool.

Drive from Loretto to Paducah in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Paducah can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Owensboro.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Owensboro

— 5 nights
Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and Santa's Candy Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Smothers Park and Children's Museum of Evansville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Owensboro: Santa Claus (Jim Yellig Park, Santa Claus Post Office, &more), Jasper (Jasper Riverwalk, Dubois County Museum, &more) and Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area (in Tell City). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Dream Car Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Bluegrass Fish and Wildlife Aera, get to know the resident critters at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, and admire the striking features of Historic New Harmony Atheneum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Owensboro tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paducah to Owensboro by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Owensboro can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Owensboro

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 7 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Bring the kids along to Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and Chaney's Dairy Barn. Discover out-of-the-way places like Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon and NCM Motorsports Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (Echo River, Cedar Sink Trail, &more), Horse Cave (Mammoth Cave Campground & Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum) and Glasgow (South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, Fort Williams, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Historic RailPark & Train Museum, explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave, walk around Charlie Daniels Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bowling Green trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Owensboro to Bowling Green in 1.5 hours. September in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Louisville

— 17 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore hidden gems such as Kentucky Kingdom and Marengo Cave. Kids will enjoy Cave Hill Cemetery and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Bedford (Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society, Bluespring Caverns, &more), Mitchell (Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, Spring Mill State Park, &more) and Joe Palooka Statue (in Oolitic). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, stroll around Louisville Waterfront Park, engage your brain at Kentucky Science Center, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Louisville day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.