9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky journey maker

Make it your trip
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Mammoth Cave National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, hike along Fat Man's Misery, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip website.

Dallas to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Dallas in July, things will get slightly colder in Mammoth Cave National Park: highs are around 86°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville is known for nature, museums, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, catch the contagious excitement of Churchill Downs, and see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Louisville trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Louisville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Lexington

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Williamstown (William Arnold Log House & Ark Encounter), Frankfort (Floral Clock & Buffalo Trace Distillery) and Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., get a tailor-made plan with Unique Horse Farm Tours, and do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lexington trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.