9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky visit planner

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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Petersburg
— 2 nights
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Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Kentucky Science Center, then admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel, then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and finally snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Louisville route builder website.

Brimley to Louisville is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Brimley, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Louisville, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Bowling Green

— 2 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Diamond Caverns (in Park City), Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum (in Horse Cave) and Kentucky Action Park (in Cave City). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, experience rural life at Chaney's Dairy Barn, take an in-depth tour of Aviation Heritage Park, and explore the striking landscape at Lost River Cave.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bowling Green trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Bowling Green takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green. March in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Lexington

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, then do sightseeing your way with Unique Horse Farm Tours, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip planner.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Lexington in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Lexington sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Petersburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Petersburg

— 2 nights
Located on the site of an ancient Indian settlement, Petersburg is a small rural community.
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the striking features of Hillforest, immerse yourself in nature at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dinsmore Homestead.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Petersburg trip site.

Getting from Lexington to Petersburg by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 44°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Petersburg

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.