9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Bowling Green
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Lexington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to 1921 Standard Oil Station and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, then look for gifts at Detweiler's Country Store, then get lost in a book at The Book Store, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bowling Green online trip itinerary builder .

Saint Louis to Bowling Green is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, The Book Store, Detweiler's Country Store
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Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
Detweiler's Country Store ©
Detweiler's Country Store
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

3
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Visit Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Cane Ridge Meetinghouse for their historical value. Head to Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea and Berea Arts Councilfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Kentucky Soaps and Such (in Stanford) and Wild Turkey Distillery (in Lawrenceburg). There's still lots to do: try to win big at Keeneland, take in the exciting artwork at Damselfly Gallery, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip builder app .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Casinos

Side Trips

Berea, Wild Turkey Distillery, Cane Ridge Meetinghouse, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Kentucky Soaps and Such
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Woodford Reserve Distillery ©
Woodford Reserve Distillery

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Popular historic sites such as Churchill Downs and Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to The Glendale Antique Mall or The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Venture out of the city with trips to Boundary Oak Distillery (in Radcliff), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Barton 1792 Distillery (in Bardstown). There's much more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel, and see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Louisville sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Louisville sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Barton 1792 Distillery, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Maker's Mark, The Glendale Antique Mall
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Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Maker's Mark
Maker's Mark

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