7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cave City
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Burlington
— 1 night
Drive to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Fly to Lester B. Pearson International Airport

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Lexington

— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ark Encounter and Berea Arts Council. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Step out of Lexington with an excursion to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg--about 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kentucky Horse Park and view the masterpieces at Damselfly Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lexington is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Toronto in August, you will find days in Lexington are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Cave City

— 1 night
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

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Drive from Lexington to Cave City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lexington to Cave City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Cave City

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Louisville

— 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 (Mon): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. On your second day here, walk around The Parklands of Floyds Fork, then browse the different shops at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, and then admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cave City to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In August in Louisville, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Burlington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Burlington

— 1 night
Burlington is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Boone County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, then stop by Rabbit Hash General Store, and then learn more about the world around you at Creation Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Burlington trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Burlington takes 2 hours. August in Burlington sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Burlington

Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.