8 days in Kentucky, Indiana & Nashville Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky, Indiana & Nashville Itinerary

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Louisville
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Saint Meinrad
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Nashville
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Auburn
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Edinburgh
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 27th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

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Chicago to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Louisville is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 48°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Meinrad.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Nature · Museums

Saint Meinrad

— 1 night
Saint Meinrad is an unincorporated census-designated place in Harrison Township, Spencer County, Indiana, along the Anderson River and just off Interstate 64. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Monkey Hollow Winery and then learn about winemaking at Winzerwald Winery.

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Traveling by car from Louisville to Saint Meinrad takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Saint Meinrad are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Meinrad

Wineries

Side Trip

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then take in the history at Carter House, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

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You can drive from Saint Meinrad to Nashville in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint Meinrad in December; daily highs in Nashville reach 53°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Auburn.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Auburn

— 1 night
Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. On the 30th (Sun), do a tasting at Satek Winery, contemplate the long history of Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, and then examine the collection at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Early Ford V-8 Foundation & Museum, do a tasting at Country Heritage Winery & Vineyards, then stop by Heritage Ridge Creamery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kruse Museums.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Auburn journey planner.

Getting from Nashville to Auburn by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Auburn due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Nashville in December; daily highs in Auburn reach 37°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Auburn

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Edinburgh

— 2 nights
Edinburgh is a town in Bartholomew, Johnson, and Shelby counties in the U.S. On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, admire the landmark architecture of First Baptist Church, then see the interesting displays at Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Johnson County Museum of History, and finally learn about winemaking at Mallow Run Winery.

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Traveling by car from Auburn to Edinburgh takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.