9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Corbin
— 2 nights
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Park City
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Jack Jouett House Historic Site. Kentucky Horse Park and Damselfly Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). It doesn't end there: catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lexington day trip website.

Charlotte to Lexington is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lexington are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Corbin

— 2 nights
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stroll around Sanders Park, then get engrossed in the history at Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

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You can drive from Lexington to Corbin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Park City.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Park City

— 2 nights
Park City is a home rule-class city in Barren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, examine the collection at Dinosaur World, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery. On your second day here, Head underground at Onyx Cave, then get to know the resident critters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Park City online travel route planner.

You can drive from Corbin to Park City in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Park City can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Park City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Churchill Downs. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, and finally take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Louisville trip app.

You can drive from Park City to Louisville in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Park City to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

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Kentucky travel guide

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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.