7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
— 3 nights



— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Muhammad Ali Boyhood Home and then have some family-friendly fun at Puzzles Fun Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and finally try your luck at Churchill Downs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville visit planner.

Kalamazoo to Louisville is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. In April, Louisville is a bit warmer than Kalamazoo - with highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Fun & Games

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
On the 8th (Wed), hike along Tall Man's Misery, stroll through Cedar Sink Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park route planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature


— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles) and Claiborne Farm (in Paris). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Keeneland, immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, and raise your glass at Barrel House Distillery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip planner.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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.