8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 1 night

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): hike along Cedar Sink Trail and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Fat Man's Misery.

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Durham to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Durham in December, expect Mammoth Cave National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 49°F and 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lebanon.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Lebanon — 2 nights

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Wilderness Trail Distillery, then see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art Center of the Bluegrass. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Railway Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lebanon road trip planning site.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lebanon in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. December in Lebanon sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Louisville.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries
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Louisville — 3 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle). Do some cultural sightseeing at 21c Museum Hotel and Kentucky Derby Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, test the waters at a local thermal spa, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and pick up some new knowledge with Mark Payton Glass Center @ The Glassworks Bldg.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Louisville online vacation planner.

You can drive from Lebanon to Louisville in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Williamstown.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Williamstown — 1 night

Williamstown is a home-rule-class city in Grant and Pendleton counties in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Williamstown route planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Williamstown takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Williamstown are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Kentucky travel guide

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.