7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Louisville
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cave City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lexington
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Newport
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Seattle

1
day
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and finally catch the contagious excitement of Churchill Downs.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville travel route planner.

Seattle to Louisville is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Louisville, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Louisville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Plan a Cave City trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Cave City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, National Corvette Museum
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

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 7th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Kentucky Horse Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Salato Wildlife Education Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, identify plant and animal life at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, and then admire all the interesting features of University of Kentucky.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip planner .

You can drive from Cave City to Lexington in 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Lexington due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Lexington are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Salato Wildlife Education Center
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Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Salato Wildlife Education Center ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

2
nights
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. On the 9th (Tue), meet the residents at Newport Aquarium and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport road trip site .

Getting from Lexington to Newport by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Cincinnati, Ark Encounter
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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

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