8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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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

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Visit Churchill Downs and Cave Hill Cemetery for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption, and explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville tour planner.

Philadelphia to Louisville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. September in Louisville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Bowling Green

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 22nd (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave, examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Tall Man's Misery, explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bowling Green trip planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Bowling Green are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
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Lexington

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ark Encounter and The Great American Dollhouse Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, sample the fine beverages at Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery, learn about winemaking at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, and contemplate the long history of Mary Todd Lincoln House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lexington tour builder site.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.