60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Louisville
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Lexington
— 12 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Corbin
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Loretto
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cave City
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Paducah
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

13
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Attractions like Louisville Zoo and Kentucky Science Center make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Radcliff (Saunders Springs Nature Preserve & Kentucky September 11th Memorial), Smothers Park (in Owensboro) and Gallrein Farms (in Shelbyville). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Angel's Envy Distillery, have fun at Churchill Downs, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Before you visit Louisville, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Phoenix to Louisville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Phoenix to Louisville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in June, expect nights in Louisville to be a bit cooler, around 67°F, while days are colder, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Bardstown, Radcliff, Gallrein Farms, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Kentucky Artisan Distillery
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Louisville Zoo ©
Louisville Zoo
Kentucky Kingdom ©
Kentucky Kingdom

7
nights
Newport

Newport
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 Aquarium and Dart Rush - Cincinnati. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Williamstown (Ark Encounter & William Arnold Log House), O'Neil Landing (in Augusta) and Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (in Maysville). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Creation Museum, walk around Devou Park, take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and sample the fine beverages at New Riff Distillery.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Newport day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in June, Newport is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Covington, Williamstown, O'Neil Landing, Verona Vineyards, Creation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium
Dart Rush - Cincinnati ©
Dart Rush - Cincinnati

12
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
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 Salato Wildlife Education Center and Paradise Cove Aquatic Center. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Claiborne Farm (in Paris), Lawrenceburg (Elements Clay Studio and Stuff & Wild Turkey Distillery) and Frankfort (New Capitol Building, Daniel Boone's Grave, & more). There's much more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, admire all the interesting features of Kentucky Horse Park, relax in the rural setting at Sun Valley Farm, and steep yourself in history at Mary Todd Lincoln House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lexington journey maker website .

Take a bus from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Lexington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Frankfort, Berea, Richmond, Versailles, Midway
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Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Malibu Jack's Lexington ©
Malibu Jack's Lexington
Paradise Cove Aquatic Center ©
Paradise Cove Aquatic Center

7
nights
Corbin

Corbin ©
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corbin: Brush Arbor Appalachian Pioneer Homestead (in Renfro Valley), Stearns (Blue Heron Interpretive Center & McCreary County Museum) and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in Middlesboro). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, take an in-depth tour of Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, make a trip to Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster Memorial, and identify plant and animal life at Bad Branch State Nature Preserve.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Corbin trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Corbin takes 2 hours. In July in Corbin, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Loretto.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Somerset, Stearns, Whitesburg, London, Hindman Settlement School
Highlights from your plan
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park ©
SomerSplash Waterpark ©
SomerSplash Waterpark

5
nights
Loretto

Loretto ©
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Loretto: Springhill Winery (in Bloomfield) and Hodgenville (Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park & The Lincoln Museum). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Maker's Mark, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Railway Museum, take a memorable drive along Bluegrass Pkwy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey of Gethsemani.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Loretto road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Corbin to Loretto takes 2.5 hours. July in Loretto sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. You will leave for Cave City on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Loretto

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Hodgenville, Springhill Winery, The Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky Railway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kentucky Railway Museum ©
Kentucky Railway Museum
Maker's Mark ©
Maker's Mark

7
nights
Cave City

Cave City ©
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Attractions like Fat Man's Misery and Kayaking & Canoeing make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Cave City's surroundings by going to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Bowling Green (Chaney's Dairy Barn, Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon, & more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get in on the family fun at Kentucky Action Park, and hike along Tall Man's Misery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cave City trip planner .

Getting from Loretto to Cave City by car takes about 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Loretto to Cave City due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Cave City can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave National Park, Horse Cave, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, Diamond Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

8
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Family-friendly places like Venture River Water Park and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Paducah: Adsmore House & Gardens (in Princeton), Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville) and Hopkinsville (Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf, Casey Jones Distillery, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The National Quilt Museum, get in on the family fun at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paducah attractions planner .

Drive from Cave City to Paducah in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hopkinsville, Gilbertsville, Mike Miller County Park, Venture River Water Park, Adsmore House & Gardens
Highlights from your plan

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