8 days in Kentucky & West Virginia Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky & West Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Louisville
— 1 night
Drive
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Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive
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White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Summersville
— 1 night
Drive to Yeager Airport, Fly to Little Rock

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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fat Man's Misery and Echo River. Take a break from the city and head to Mammoth Cave and Cedar Sink Trail. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, and stroll through Tall Man's Misery.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder tool.

Little Rock to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Mammoth Cave National Park is little chillier than Little Rock - with highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, get engrossed in the history at Historic Locust Grove, and then explore the striking landscape at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

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Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville is 1 hour. In August in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Mary Todd Lincoln House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, do sightseeing your way with Unique Horse Farm Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Legacy Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lexington travel site.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lexington are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

White Sulphur Springs

— 1 night
White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Blue Bend Recreation Area and then indulge in some personalized pampering at The Salt Cave and Spa.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our White Sulphur Springs road trip planning app.

Drive from Lexington to White Sulphur Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lexington in August, with highs in White Sulphur Springs at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Summersville.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Spas · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Summersville

— 1 night
Summersville is a city in Nicholas County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 3,572 at the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Battle Run Beach and then take in the history at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Summersville online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from White Sulphur Springs to Summersville takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Summersville

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.