8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Bowling Green
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Lexington — 2 nights

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) and Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland, experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lexington itinerary app.

Lafayette to Lexington is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lafayette to Lexington. In October, Lexington is a bit cooler than Lafayette - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.
Museums · Tours · Nature · Fun & Games
Side Trips

Louisville — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, pick up some new knowledge with Mark Payton Glass Center @ The Glassworks Bldg, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville tour planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Louisville, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bowling Green.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · 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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lost River Cave. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Mammoth Cave and then trek along Cedar Sink Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bowling Green route builder website.

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails
Side Trip

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.