8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Drive:  2​h
1
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cave City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Churchill Downs and Cathedral of the Assumption. Take a break from the city and head to Louisville Mega Cavern and The Parklands of Floyds Fork. Venture out of the city with trips to Limestone Branch Distillery (in Lebanon), Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and explore and take pictures at My Old Kentucky Home.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisville trip itinerary builder .

Indianapolis to Louisville is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bardstown, Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Maker's Mark
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Maker's Mark ©
Maker's Mark

1
night
Cave City

Cave City ©
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
On the 3rd (Wed), examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cave City can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, National Corvette Museum
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Switzer Covered Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Kentucky Horse Park and Coolmore America - Ashford Stud. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Lawrenceburg (Wild Turkey Distillery & Four Roses). There's lots more to do: try your luck at Keeneland, do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lexington driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Cave City to Lexington in 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lawrenceburg, Frankfort, Versailles, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Equus Run Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Woodford Reserve Distillery ©
Woodford Reserve Distillery

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