7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights


Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then hike along Tall Man's Misery, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park online travel route planner.

Newark to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Mammoth Cave National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails


— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for nature, museums, and breweries & distilleries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, try to win big at Churchill Downs, and examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Louisville tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites


— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park and then examine the collection at Ark Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery, then experience rural life at Sun Valley Farm, and then get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lexington day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Nature

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.