7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Madison
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Newport
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Madison

1
night
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mammoth Cave National Park route planner .

Madison to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Madison in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mammoth Cave National Park: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, then try to win big at Churchill Downs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, and then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Distillery Tours

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): let the kids burn off some steam at George Rogers Clark Park, get to know the resident critters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then try your luck at JACK Cincinnati Casino.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Newport trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cincinnati, George Rogers Clark Park
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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
JACK Cincinnati Casino ©
JACK Cincinnati Casino
George Rogers Clark Park ©
George Rogers Clark Park

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
On the 13th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then try your luck at Keeneland. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington online vacation maker .

Take a bus from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Buffalo Trace Distillery, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Ark Encounter
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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm ©
Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Keeneland ©
Keeneland

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