9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky holiday planner

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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Cave 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Unique Horse Farm Tours and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Great American Dollhouse Museum and Hopemont. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (in Perryville) and Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (in Harrodsburg). And it doesn't end there: trek along Legacy Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lexington itinerary builder site.

Brimley to Lexington is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Brimley in August, expect Lexington to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Cave City

— 2 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then Head underground at Mammoth Cave Campground, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally make a trip to 212 on the Main. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): trek along Cedar Sink Trail, then examine the collection at Dinosaur World, then Head underground at Onyx Cave, and finally examine the collection at Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cave City journey website.

Drive from Lexington to Cave City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Cave City. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion, then explore the world behind art at The Speed Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally take in the exciting artwork at 21c Museum Hotel. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Historic Locust Grove, and then explore the striking landscape at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Louisville vacation planning site.

Drive from Cave City to Louisville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cave City to Louisville is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.