12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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12 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Louisville
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

1
night
Newport

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. On the 20th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport travel route planner.

Buffalo to Newport is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Buffalo in May, you will find days in Newport are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Newport

Fun & Games Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Covington
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Dart Rush - Cincinnati ©
Dart Rush - Cincinnati
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Bring the kids along to Louisville Zoo and Onyx Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Dinosaur World (in Cave City) and National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, identify plant and animal life at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

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Getting from Newport to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Louisville sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cave City, National Corvette Museum
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Zoo ©
Louisville Zoo
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

3
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Attractions like Fat Man's Misery and Nature & Wildlife Tours make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, hike along Cedar Sink Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Louisville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Diamond Caverns, Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
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Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo ©
Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo
Diamond Caverns ©
Diamond Caverns

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort), Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's lots more to do: catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland, sample the tasty concoctions at Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bourbon 30 Spirits Distillery, and admire all the interesting features of Claiborne Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lexington holiday website .

Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lexington. In May in Lexington, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums Casinos Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Georgetown, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Ark Encounter, Claiborne Farm, Buffalo Trace Distillery
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Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

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