9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky trip planner

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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Cave City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Kentucky Derby Museum and Muhammad Ali Center will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville vacation planner.

Portland to Louisville is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In September, Louisville is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Cave City

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 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Onyx Cave, then steep yourself in history at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, then contemplate the long history of Tebbs Bend - Green River Bridge Battlefield, and finally examine the collection at Atkinson-Griffin Log House-Confederate Hospital.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Cave City planner.

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. In September, daytime highs in Cave City are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

3
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ark Encounter and Kentucky Horse Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Equus Run Vineyard & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Keeneland and sample the tasty concoctions at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cave City to Lexington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Lexington. In September in Lexington, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Nature · Fun & Games

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.