8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky travel route planner

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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for nature, museums, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Angel's Envy Distillery, and examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Louisville trip itinerary maker tool.

Cleveland to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Cleveland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Louisville, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Nature

Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Lost River Cave, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green River. On your second day here, trek along Cedar Sink Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then stroll through Fat Man's Misery.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip maker website.

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lexington

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Frankfort (Switzer Covered Bridge & Buffalo Trace Distillery) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, and admire the striking features of Jack Jouett House Historic Site.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lexington online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bowling Green to Lexington takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Lexington sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.