8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky travel planner
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Bowling Green
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green — 3 nights

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like NCM Motorsports Park and Lost River Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Bowling Green: Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo (in Horse Cave) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Tall Man's Misery, Mammoth Cave, &more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum and cool off at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon.

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Newark to Bowling Green is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Bowling Green. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Louisville.
Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips

Louisville — 2 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Mark Payton Glass Center @ The Glassworks Bldg, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Louisville Zoo, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

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Drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lexington.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Lexington — 2 nights

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm and then examine the collection at Ark Encounter. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mary Todd Lincoln House, admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, and then surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington route builder.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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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.