8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky tour builder

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Paducah
— 1 day
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Bowling Green
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 4 nights
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Paducah

— 1 day
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll around Bob Noble Park, then admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, then explore the activities along Kentucky Lake, and finally find something for the whole family at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paducah road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Paducah. June in Paducah sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Bowling Green

— 3 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Family-friendly places like Chaney's Dairy Barn and Cedar Sink Trail will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Tall Man's Misery and Corsair Artisan Distillery. Go for a jaunt from Bowling Green to Mammoth Cave National Park to see Mammoth Cave about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: cool off at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon, Head underground at Lost River Cave, bet on your favorite at NCM Motorsports Park, and see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bowling Green online vacation planner.

You can drive from Paducah to Bowling Green in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Louisville

— 4 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Malibu Jack's Louisville. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louisville Mega Cavern and Marengo Cave. Venture out of the city with trips to Squire Boone Caverns (in Mauckport) and Harrison County Discovery Center (in Corydon). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Renaissance Fun Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, don't miss a visit to Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, and stroll around Falls of the Ohio State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Louisville holiday maker.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville is 1 hour. June in Louisville sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Fun & Games · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.