8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky journey planner

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Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Burlington
— 3 nights
Cave City
— 1 night
— 3 nights



Burlington is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Boone County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Creation Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Burlington driving holiday planner.

New York City to Burlington is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Burlington dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Burlington

Childrens Museums · Museums

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— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
For shopping fun, head to The Glendale Antique Mall or 21c Museum Hotel. Get some cultural insight at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Kentucky Derby Museum. Step out of Louisville to go to Loretto and see Maker's Mark, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: try your luck at Churchill Downs, stroll around The Parklands of Floyds Fork, stop by Uptown Art, and Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Louisville trip tool.

You can drive from Burlington to Louisville in 2 hours. In July in Louisville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Cave City

— 1 night
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cave City trip itinerary site.

Drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Louisville to Cave City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Cave City sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips


— 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ark Encounter and Kentucky Horse Park. Shop till you drop at Damselfly Gallery and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). It doesn't end there: try your luck at Keeneland.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lexington online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cave City to Lexington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cave City to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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.