60 days in San Francisco, Kentucky & Denver Itinerary

60 days in San Francisco, Kentucky & Denver Itinerary

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60 days in San Francisco, Kentucky & Denver Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Paducah
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cadiz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Monticello
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Whitesburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Lexington
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Louisville
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Denver
— 11 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Drakes Estero. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sulphur Creek Nature Center (in Hayward), Santa Rosa (Safari West, Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve, & more) and Bodega Bay (Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing & Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Tomales Bay State Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paducah.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Inverness, Bodega Bay, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Cosumnes River Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Step out of the city life by going to The Arboretum at Murray State and Kentucky Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbus-Belmont State Park and The National Quilt Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paducah: Kuttawa Harbor Marina (in Kuttawa) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike Miller County Park, don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals, admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, and get in on the family fun at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paducah online visit planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Paducah in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Paducah is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in Paducah at 17°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cadiz.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gilbertsville, The Arboretum at Murray State, Columbus-Belmont State Park, Mike Miller County Park, Kuttawa Harbor Marina
Highlights from your plan
The Arboretum at Murray State ©
The Arboretum at Murray State
Columbus-Belmont State Park ©
Columbus-Belmont State Park
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum

3
nights
Cadiz

Cadiz ©
Cadiz is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Trigg County, Kentucky, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Woodlands Nature Station and Adsmore House & Gardens. Get in touch with nature at The Elk and Bison Prairie and Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium. Go for a jaunt from Cadiz to Hardin to see Kenlake State Park about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Barkley.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cadiz tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Paducah to Cadiz in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Cadiz

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Golden Pond, Lake Barkley, Kenlake State Park, Adsmore House & Gardens
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Get in touch with nature at Mammoth Cave National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Cedar Sink Trail and Fat Man's Misery. Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Cave National Park: Dog Creek Recreation Area (in Cub Run), Nolin Lake State Park (in Mammoth Cave) and The Glendale Antique Mall (in Glendale). The adventure continues: trek along Tall Man's Misery and explore the fascinating underground world of Sand Cave.

Plan trip to Mammoth Cave National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Cadiz to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Monticello.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave, Dog Creek Recreation Area, The Glendale Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Nolin Lake State Park ©
Nolin Lake State Park

2
nights
Monticello

Monticello ©
Monticello is a home rule-class city in Wayne County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 9th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and then take an in-depth tour of Wayne County Historical Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yahoo Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cumberland Point Recreational Area.

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

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Monticello in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitesburg.

Things to do in Monticello

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yahoo Falls, Cumberland Point Recreational Area, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery ©
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Wayne County Historical Museum ©
Wayne County Historical Museum

3
nights
Whitesburg

Whitesburg ©
Whitesburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Letcher County, Kentucky, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Bad Branch Falls State Nature Preserve and Martins Fork Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Kingdom Come State Park and Buckhorn Lake. Step out of Whitesburg to go to Hyden and see Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster Memorial, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Appalshop.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Whitesburg trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Monticello to Whitesburg takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Whitesburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Whitesburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kingdom Come State Park, Martins Fork Lake, Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bad Branch State Nature Preserve ©
Bad Branch State Nature Preserve
Kingdom Come State Park ©
Kingdom Come State Park
Martins Fork Lake ©
Martins Fork Lake

9
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Escape the urban bustle at Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve and Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides. Step off the beaten path and head to Auxier Ridge Trail #204 and Nada Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Fitchburg Furnace (in Ravenna), Ruth Hunt Candies (in Mount Sterling) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's lots more to do: trek along Rock Bridge Trail #207, try your luck at Keeneland, see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, and look for all kinds of wild species at Salato Wildlife Education Center.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip app .

Drive from Whitesburg to Lexington in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Midway, Frankfort, Slade, Fitchburg Furnace, Nada Tunnel
Highlights from your plan
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides ©
Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides

9
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get in touch with nature at The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Jefferson Memorial Forest. Step off the beaten path and head to EP "Tom" Sawyer State Park and Saunders Springs Nature Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont), Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (in Brandenburg) and Taylorsville Lake State Park (in Taylorsville). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, stroll through Beckley Creek Park, sample the fine beverages at Maker's Mark, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Abbey of Gethsemani.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Taylorsville Lake State Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Maker's Mark, Saunders Springs Nature Preserve, The Abbey of Gethsemani
Highlights from your plan
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area ©
Saunders Springs Nature Preserve ©
Saunders Springs Nature Preserve

11
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Winter Park Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Visiting Trail Ridge Road and Many Parks Curve Overlook will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Sally Barber Mine Trail (in Silverthorne), Breckenridge (French Gulch, Blue River Sports, & more) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Sheep Lakes & Hallett Peak). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Meyer Ranch Park, explore by horseback at Monument Rock Trail, hit the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center, and take in the awesome beauty at Horsethief Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Louisville to Denver in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Denver. Traveling from Louisville in December, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 7°C and lows about -8°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Breckenridge, Grand Lake, Meyer Ranch Park, Sally Barber Mine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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