60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky route builder
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Louisville
— 13 nights
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Newport
— 7 nights
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Lexington
— 12 nights
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Corbin
— 7 nights
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Loretto
— 5 nights
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Cave City
— 7 nights
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Paducah
— 8 nights
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Louisville — 13 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Smothers Park (in Owensboro), Radcliff (Saunders Springs Nature Preserve & Kentucky September 11th Memorial) and Gallrein Farms (in Shelbyville). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, cool off at Kentucky Kingdom, and meet the residents at Louisville Zoo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville online trip builder.

Phoenix to Louisville is an approximately 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. When traveling from Phoenix in June, plan for colder days in Louisville, with highs around 86°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newport.
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Newport — 7 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. Bring the kids along to Newport Aquarium and Creation Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Newport side-trips: Kentucky Gateway Museum Center (in Maysville), Williamstown (Ark Encounter & William Arnold Log House) and O'Neil Landing (in Augusta). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, head outdoors with EarthJOY Tree Adventures, walk around George Rogers Clark Park, and examine the collection at Vent Haven Museum.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Newport sightseeing planner.

Getting from Louisville to Newport by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Newport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lexington.
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Lexington — 12 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 Kentucky Horse Park and Aviation Museum of Kentucky will thrill your kids. Explore Lexington's surroundings by going to Frankfort (New Capitol Building, Salato Wildlife Education Center, &more), Lawrenceburg (Elements Clay Studio and Stuff & Wild Turkey Distillery) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, walk around The Arboretum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the King, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lexington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Newport to Lexington by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Corbin.
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Corbin — 7 nights

Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Kids will appreciate attractions like SomerSplash Waterpark and Harland Sanders Cafe And Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corbin: Stearns (Blue Heron Interpretive Center & McCreary County Museum), Brush Arbor Appalachian Pioneer Homestead (in Renfro Valley) and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in Middlesboro). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, stop by Book and CD Hut, deepen your understanding at Hindman Settlement School, and witness the site of a historic battle at Camp Wildcat Battlefield.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Corbin road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Corbin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Loretto.
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Loretto — 5 nights

Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Loretto: Hodgenville (Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park & The Lincoln Museum) and Springhill Winery (in Bloomfield). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Abbey of Gethsemani, examine the collection at Kentucky Railway Museum, take a memorable drive along Bluegrass Pkwy, and contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Loretto trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Corbin to Loretto by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You'll set off for Cave City on the 15th (Wed).
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Cave City — 7 nights

Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mammoth Cave and Fat Man's Misery. Venture out of the city with trips to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Bowling Green (Chaney's Dairy Barn, Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, find something for the whole family at Kentucky Action Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and Head underground at Diamond Caverns.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cave City travel planner.

You can drive from Loretto to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Loretto to Cave City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Cave City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Paducah.
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Paducah — 8 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The National Quilt Museum and Floodwall Murals. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paducah: Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville) and Hopkinsville (Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf, Casey Jones Distillery, &more). There's much more to do: putt your heart out at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run, stroll around Mike Miller County Park, don't miss a visit to Adsmore House & Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paducah day trip website.

Getting from Cave City to Paducah by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly 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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