60 days in Washington DC & Kentucky Itinerary

60 days in Washington DC & Kentucky Itinerary

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60 days in Washington DC & Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Washington DC
— 13 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Lexington
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cave City
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hopkinsville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Paducah
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Louisville
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Covington
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

13
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
National Air and Space Museum and The National Archives Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: George Washington's Mount Vernon (in Mount Vernon), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Roddy Road Covered Bridge (in Thurmont). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and get engrossed in the history at Newseum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC road trip app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Washington DC. In May in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Baltimore, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Roddy Road Covered Bridge
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Appreciate the collections at The Great American Dollhouse Museum and Kentucky River Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Versailles (Woodford Reserve Distillery & Sun Valley Farm), Danville (McDowell House Museum & Constitution Square Historic Site) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, admire all the interesting features of Taylor Made Farm, view the masterpieces at Damselfly Gallery, and try to win big at Keeneland.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington sightseeing app .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Lexington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Lexington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Frankfort, Versailles, Danville, Winchester, Berea
Highlights from your plan
The Great American Dollhouse Museum ©
Three Forks Historical Center ©
Three Forks Historical Center
McDowell House Museum ©
McDowell House Museum

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.
Let the collections at National Corvette Museum and Aviation Heritage Park capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Cave City: St. Joseph Catholic Church (in Bowling Green), Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run) and South Union Shaker Village (in South Union). There's much more to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cedar Sink Trail, get engrossed in the history at Wayne County Historical Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cave City trip maker tool .

Getting from Lexington to Cave City by car takes about 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Cave City due to the time zone difference. In May in Cave City, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hopkinsville.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Limestone Branch Distillery, South Union Shaker Village
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
South Union Shaker Village ©
South Union Shaker Village

4
nights
Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville ©
Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Appreciate the collections at Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum and Museums of Hopkinsville. Explore Hopkinsville's surroundings by going to Don F Pratt Museum (in Fort Campbell), Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park (in Dawson Springs) and Logan County Archives and Genealogical Society (in Russellville). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery, identify plant and animal life at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center, putt your heart out at Christian Way Farm & Mini Golf, and steep yourself in history at Jefferson Davis State Historic Site.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hopkinsville route planning site .

You can drive from Cave City to Hopkinsville in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hopkinsville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Hopkinsville

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Logan County Archives and Genealogical Society, Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Everly Brothers Monument, Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum, Don F Pratt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trover Wellness Park ©
Trover Wellness Park
Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum ©
Don F Pratt Museum ©
Don F Pratt Museum

5
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore The National Quilt Museum and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paducah: Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross (in Wickliffe), Princeton (Newsom's Old Mill Store & Adsmore House & Gardens) and Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, take an in-depth tour of Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum, examine the collection at River Discovery Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike Miller County Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paducah vacation planning site .

You can drive from Hopkinsville to Paducah in 1.5 hours. In June in Paducah, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Princeton, Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, Mike Miller County Park, Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bob Noble Park ©
Bob Noble Park
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum ©
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum

12
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Appreciate the collections at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum (in Bardstown), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and La Grange (Oldham County History Center & LaGrange Railroad Museum). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, have some family-friendly fun at Bluegrass Karting & Events, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Angel's Envy Distillery, and see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Louisville road trip planning site .

Drive from Paducah to Louisville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In June in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Covington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elizabethtown, Owensboro, La Grange, Old Bardstown Village Civil War Museum, Kentucky Artisan Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum ©
Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

6
nights
Covington

Covington
Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Let the collections at Ark Encounter and Kentucky Gateway Museum Center capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Covington: EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown) and EAT Gallery (in Maysville). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Creation Museum, head outdoors with England idlewild park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devou Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Braxton Brewing Company.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Covington online holiday planner .

Drive from Louisville to Covington in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Louisville in June since evenings lows in Covington dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Covington

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport, Maysville, England idlewild park, Boone County Distilling Company, Ark Encounter
Highlights from your plan
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum
Vent Haven Museum ©
Vent Haven Museum

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