9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Bowling Green
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Jackson's Orchard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip itinerary planner.

Amarillo to Bowling Green is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Let the collections at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and 21c Museum Hotel capture your imagination. Kids will appreciate attractions like Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and The Big Four Bridge. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass (in Simpsonville) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, try your luck at Churchill Downs, get to know the resident critters at Louisville Zoo, and explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Louisville travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Newport

Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium, then enjoy some diversion at XhilaRacing, and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee, then snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and then get a new perspective on nature at Creation Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Newport day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Newport when traveling from Louisville in June, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery, then shop like a local with Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, then shop like a local with Berea Arts Council, and finally look for gifts at Weston Glass Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Damselfly Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then try your luck at Keeneland.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lexington itinerary planner.

You can drive from Newport to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos · Fun & Games · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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.