60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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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
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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 World Peace Bell. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cincinnati Nature Center and O'Neil Landing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Promont House Museum (in Milford), Great Miami River Trail (in Montgomery) and Ripley (John Rankin House, John Parker House, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, contemplate the long history of Grant Boyhood Home, and walk around Sharon Woods.

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.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
Family-friendly places like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Aviation Museum of Kentucky will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Mill Ridge Farm and Jacobson Park. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Rising Sons Home Farm Winery (in Lawrenceburg), Frankfort (Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours & Museum, Old State Capitol, &more) and Harrodsburg (Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch & Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill). There's lots more to do: gain insight at University of Kentucky, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to The Thoroughbred Center, and contemplate the long history of Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Lexington, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Corbin.
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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 Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Norris Dam State Park and Harland Sanders Cafe And Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Corbin side-trips: Nancy (Haney's Appledale Farm & Millsprings Battlefield Museum), Indian Mountain State Park (in Jellico) and Norris Lake (in La Follette). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, contemplate the waterfront views at Wood Creek Lake, stroll through Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park, and admire the sheer force of Charit Creek.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Corbin online travel route planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Corbin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Corbin are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Loretto.
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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 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and The Abbey of Gethsemani. Explore Loretto's surroundings by going to Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery (in Willisburg), The Lincoln Museum (in Hodgenville) and Springhill Winery (in Bloomfield). 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.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The National Quilt Museum and Paducah Riverwalk. Bring the kids along to Floodwall Murals and Discovery Park of America. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Kuttawa Harbor Marina (in Kuttawa), Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville) and Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton). There's much more to do: stroll around Boo Rochman Memorial Park, engage your brain at Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum, don't miss a visit to Missouri Wall of Fame, and cool off at Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Paducah trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Loretto to Paducah in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Paducah are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Owensboro.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
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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 Santa's Candy Castle and Children's Museum of Evansville. Step off the beaten path and head to Smothers Park and Santa Claus Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Owensboro: Jasper (Jasper Riverwalk, Dubois County Museum, &more), Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area (in Tell City) and Santa Claus (Jim Yellig Park, Santa Claus Post Office, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Dream Car Museum, walk around Yellow Creek Park, get to know the resident critters at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, and make a trip to World's Largest Sassafras Tree.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Owensboro trip planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Owensboro in 2.5 hours. In August in Owensboro, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bowling Green.
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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 Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chaney's Dairy Barn and NCM Motorsports Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Horse Cave (Mammoth Cave Campground & Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum), Mammoth Cave National Park (Echo River, Cedar Sink Trail, &more) and Glasgow (South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, Fort Williams, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Aviation Heritage Park, examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, deepen your understanding at Western Kentucky University, and Head underground at Lost River Cave.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bowling Green holiday builder site.

You can drive from Owensboro to Bowling Green in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Louisville.
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Louisville — 17 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore hidden gems such as Kentucky Kingdom and Cave Hill Cemetery. Kids will enjoy Marengo Cave and WonderLab. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Mitchell (Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, Spring Mill State Park, &more), Joe Palooka Statue (in Oolitic) and Bedford (Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society, Bluespring Caverns, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, get engrossed in the history at Locust Grove, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and examine the collection at Muhammad Ali Center.

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.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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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.