8 days in Indianapolis, Louisville & Cincinnati Itinerary

8 days in Indianapolis, Louisville & Cincinnati Itinerary

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8 days in Indianapolis, Louisville & Cincinnati Itinerary

Start: Chesterfield
Drive:  4​h
1
Indianapolis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Cincinnati
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Chesterfield

2
nights
Indianapolis

Indianapolis ©
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fort Harrison State Park, White River Gardens and Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Holliday Park and then take an in-depth tour of Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Fort Harrison State Park and then examine the collection at Indiana Medical History Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis online road trip planner .

Chesterfield to Indianapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Chesterfield in July, expect nights in Indianapolis to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Louisville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Holliday Park ©
Holliday Park
Indiana Medical History Museum ©
Indiana Medical History Museum
Fort Harrison State Park ©
Fort Harrison State Park

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mammoth Cave National Park, Bernheim Arboretum & Forest and The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park and then contemplate the long history of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Louisville trip maker .

Getting from Indianapolis to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave, Bernheim Arboretum & Forest
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
The Parklands of Floyds Fork ©
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern

3
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
You've added Loveland Castle, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Cincinnati's surroundings by going to National Museum of the US Air Force (in Dayton) and Charleston Falls Preserve (in Tipp City).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cincinnati trip planner .

You can drive from Louisville to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cincinnati, with lows of 64°F. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dayton, Loveland Castle, Cincinnati Nature Center, Charleston Falls Preserve, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cox Arboretum MetroPark ©
Cox Arboretum MetroPark
Charleston Falls Preserve ©
Charleston Falls Preserve
Cincinnati Nature Center ©
Cincinnati Nature Center

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