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:  5​h 30​min
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 White River Gardens as well as Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden. On the 6th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens and then take in nature's colorful creations at Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Holliday Park and then take in nature's colorful creations at White River Gardens.

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Chesterfield to Indianapolis is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chesterfield to Indianapolis. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 8th (Thu), you're off toLouisville.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Holliday Park ©
Holliday Park
White River Gardens ©
White River Gardens

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You've now added Louisville Waterfront Park to your itinerary. On the 8th (Thu), walk around Louisville Waterfront Park, Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then hike along The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Louisville road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Indianapolis to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. On the 10th (Sat), you're off toCincinnati.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Louisville Waterfront Park ©
Louisville Waterfront Park

3
nights
Cincinnati

Cincinnati ©
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Take a break from the city and head to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve and Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Your inner history buff will appreciate Serpent Mound and Mount Adams. Get out of town with these interesting Cincinnati side-trips: Dayton (America's Packard Museum - The Citizens Motorcar Co., The Wright Cycle Company Complex, & more), Bicycle Museum of America (in New Bremen) and John Rankin House (in Ripley). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cincinnati Nature Center, trek along Riverwalk, stop by Jungle Jim's International Market, and admire the masterpieces at Taft Museum of Art.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Louisville to Cincinnati in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in July, Cincinnati is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dayton, Yellow Springs, John Rankin House, Cincinnati Nature Center, Serpent Mound
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Serpent Mound ©
Serpent Mound
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve ©

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