8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Newport
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Appleton

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Creation Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newport trip planner .

Appleton to Newport is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Appleton in August, you will find days in Newport are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Ark Encounter, Creation Museum
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Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

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.
On the 19th (Sun), catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland and then sample the tasty concoctions at Woodford Reserve Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery and then immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington day trip site .

You can take a bus from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Lexington are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Nature Casinos

Side Trips

Woodford Reserve Distillery, 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 21st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Magaline's Antique Mall, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip website .

Getting from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Mammoth Cave National Park. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bowling Green, Magaline's Antique Mall
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, try to win big at Churchill Downs, then examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and finally make a trip to Heigold House Facade. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at A Taste of Kentucky, then gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Louisville holiday tool .

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville. In August in Louisville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

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