9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Cave City
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Cave City

— 1 night
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Dinosaur World, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lost River Cave, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cave City travel route builder site.

Los Angeles to Cave City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Cave City are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Louisville

— 3 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, stroll around The Parklands of Floyds Fork, try your luck at Churchill Downs, and examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Louisville trip builder.

You can 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. Traveling from Cave City to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kentucky Horse Park and Coolmore America - Ashford Stud. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (in Harrodsburg), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Four Roses Bourbon - Warehouse and Bottling Facility (in Coxs Creek). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Salato Wildlife Education Center, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, and try to win big at Keeneland.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lexington visit planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Lexington, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Casinos · Museums · 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.