8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Newport
— 1 day
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Park City
— 2 nights
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Horse Cave
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Newport

Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Newport Aquarium and then engage your brain at Creation Museum.

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Columbus to Newport is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Newport are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

1
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Louisville Zoo, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

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You can drive from Newport to Louisville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Newport in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 67°F in Louisville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Park City.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Park City

Park City is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): trek along Fat Man's Misery, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take an in-depth tour of Historic RailPark & Train Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Aviation Heritage Park.

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Traveling by car from Louisville to Park City takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Park City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Horse Cave.

Things to do in Park City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Horse Cave

Horse Cave is a home rule-class city in Hart County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, get lost in a book at The Book Store, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground.

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Horse Cave is just a short distance from Park City. In July, daily temperatures in Horse Cave can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Horse Cave

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park and then identify plant and animal life at Salato Wildlife Education Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, then examine the collection at Aviation Museum of Kentucky, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

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You can drive from Horse Cave to Lexington in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Lexington, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.