8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky travel route planner

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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Cave City
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kids will enjoy Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Art Eatables. Popular historic sites such as Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Churchill Downs are in your itinerary. Step out of Louisville with an excursion to Bernheim Arboretum & Forest in Clermont--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, and walk around The Parklands of Floyds Fork.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Louisville journey planner.

Los Angeles to Louisville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to Louisville, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World and then Head underground at Onyx Cave.

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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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Cave 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 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Museums · Nature · Parks

Lexington

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mary Todd Lincoln House and then admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and then try to win big at Keeneland.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lexington trip tool.

You can drive from Cave City to Lexington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Lexington due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Hidden Hill.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planner.

You can drive from Lexington to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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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.