9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky itinerary planner

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

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Muth's Candies, then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and finally snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Louisville trip planner.

Houston to Louisville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Louisville is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in June, with highs in Louisville at 86°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Bowling Green

— 3 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Mammoth Cave National Park (Green River, Fat Man's Misery, &more). There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave and see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Lexington

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ark Encounter (in Williamstown), Claiborne Farm (in Paris) and Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park, make a trip to Daniel Boone's Grave, get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours, and relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lexington trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bowling Green to Lexington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. June in Lexington sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Newport

— 1 night
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, see the interesting displays at Vent Haven Museum, then enjoy some diversion at George Rogers Clark Park, and finally meet the residents at Newport Aquarium.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Newport road trip planning website.

You can drive from Lexington to Newport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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.