7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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7 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Cedar Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Quest Community. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, then contemplate the long history of Jack Jouett House Historic Site, and then try your luck at Keeneland.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lexington day trip planning site .

Cedar Rapids to Lexington is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cedar Rapids to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cedar Rapids in March; daily highs in Lexington reach 55°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Jack Jouett House Historic Site, Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park, then hike along Cedar Sink Trail, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, examine the collection at Dinosaur World, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. In March in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

National Corvette Museum, Dinosaur World
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, identify plant and animal life at Jefferson Memorial Forest, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then try to win big at Churchill Downs.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville is 1 hour. In March in Louisville, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jefferson Memorial Forest
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Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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