60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip itinerary planner

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Louisville
— 16 nights
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Bowling Green
— 7 nights
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Paducah
— 7 nights
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Loretto
— 6 nights
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Corbin
— 6 nights
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Lexington
— 11 nights
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Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Louisville

— 16 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll explore and learn at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Get in touch with nature at Spring Mill State Park and Lincoln State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area (in Tell City), Deam Lake State Recreation Area (in Borden) and Corydon (Scout Mountain Winery, Constitution Elm, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), take in nature's colorful creations at The Miller House and Garden, steep yourself in history at Historic Locust Grove, and wander the streets of Frankfort Ave.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville road trip website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Louisville. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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. Get some historical perspective at Riverview at Hobson Grove and Wynnewood State Historic Site. Kids will appreciate attractions like National Corvette Museum and Dinosaur World. Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Cave National Park (Green River, Cedar Sink Trail, &more), Mammoth Cave (Nolin Lake State Park & Sand Cave) and Horse Cave (Mammoth Cave Campground, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Historic RailPark & Train Museum, experience rural life at Chaney's Dairy Barn, immerse yourself in nature at Standing Stone State Park, and join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Paducah.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Paducah

— 7 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. For shopping fun, head to Hancock's of Paducah or Yeiser Art Center. Explore hidden gems such as Garden of the Gods and Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Henry N Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center (in Cypress), Vienna (Tunnel Hill State Trail & Heron Pond-Little Black Slough Nature Preserve) and Cache River State Natural Area (in Belknap). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, steep yourself in history at William Clark Market House Museum, take in the waterfront at Paducah Riverwalk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paducah trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bowling Green to Paducah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Loretto.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Loretto

— 6 nights
Loretto is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and The Abbey of Gethsemani. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Lincoln Museum and Lincoln Legacy Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and WineryHorseshoe Bend Vineyards and Winery (in Willisburg) and Springhill Winery (in Bloomfield). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark, take a memorable drive along Bluegrass Pkwy, and see the interesting displays at Kentucky Railway Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Loretto trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Paducah to Loretto in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paducah to Loretto. Traveling from Paducah in June, Loretto is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. On the 6th (Mon), you're off to Corbin.

Things to do in Loretto

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Corbin

— 6 nights
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Do some cultural sightseeing at Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Cumberland Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corbin: Norris Dam State Park (in Rocky Top), Cove Lake State Park (in Caryville) and Norris Lake (in La Follette). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Frozen Head State Park, contemplate the long history of Historic Rugby, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and don't miss a visit to Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Corbin visit planner.

Traveling by car from Loretto to Corbin takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Corbin can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Lexington

— 11 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Fayette Mall. Bring the kids along to Mary Todd Lincoln House and Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Richmond (Hummel Planetarium at Eku, Fort Boonesborough State Park, &more), Berea (Artisan Village District, St. Clare Catholic Church, &more) and Frankfort (Old Governor's Mansion, Liberty Hall Historic Site, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of McConnell Springs, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Corbin to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Petersburg

— 6 nights
Located on the site of an ancient Indian settlement, Petersburg is a small rural community.
Step out of the city life by going to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and Versailles State Park. Appreciate the collections at Creation Museum and Milan '54 Hoosiers Basketball Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petersburg: Tyson Temple United Methodist Church (in Versailles) and Verona Vineyards (in Verona). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Dinsmore Homestead, admire the landmark architecture of Hillforest, and head outdoors with England idlewild park.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Petersburg holiday maker tool.

Getting from Lexington to Petersburg by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Childrens 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.