40 days in Kentucky Itinerary

40 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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40 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Newport
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Lexington
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Corbin
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cave City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Paducah
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Louisville
— 7 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Lagos

7
nights
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. Visit John Parker House and Glendower Historic Mansion for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ark Encounter and Rosemary Clooney House. Get out of town with these interesting Newport side-trips: 1811 Historic Jail (in Augusta), William Arnold Log House (in Williamstown) and Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House (in Springfield). Pack the 24th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Kings Island. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Miami Valley Gaming, buy something for everyone on your list at Newport on the Levee, examine the collection at Vent Haven Museum, and have fun at Totters Otterville.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newport tour itinerary planner .

Lagos, Nigeria to Newport is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lagos to Newport due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lagos in November: high temperatures in Newport hover around 14°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Covington, Williamstown, Augusta, Lebanon, Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
John Parker House ©
John Parker House
Ark Encounter
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum
Creation Museum

6
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Popular historic sites such as Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Mary Todd Lincoln House are in your itinerary. Kentucky Horse Park and Jack Jouett House Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade), White Hall State Historic Site (in Richmond) and Fitchburg Furnace (in Ravenna). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Keeneland, sample the fine beverages at Buffalo Trace Distillery, browse the collection at Lexington Public Library Ceiling Clock and Foucault Pendulum, and experience rural life at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington road trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Newport to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Harrodsburg, Versailles, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Fitchburg Furnace
Highlights from your plan
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Mary Todd Lincoln House ©
Mary Todd Lincoln House

6
nights
Corbin

Corbin ©
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Corbin: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (in Middlesboro), American Museum of Science & Energy (in Oak Ridge) and Blue Heron Interpretive Center (in Stearns). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, don't miss a visit to The Mother Goose, admire the majestic nature at Kingdom Come State Park, and admire all the interesting features of Hindman Settlement School.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Corbin route maker site .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Corbin takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Corbin

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Blue Heron Interpretive Center, Hindman Settlement School, Kingdom Come State Park, Museum of Appalachia, American Museum of Science and Energy
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works

5
nights
Cave City

Cave City ©
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Get some cultural insight at National Corvette Museum and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cave City: Bowling Green (Lost River Cave, Bowling Green Ballpark, & more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, trek along Cedar Sink Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, and see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Cave City trip itinerary website .

Drive from Corbin to Cave City in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Corbin to Cave City due to the time zone difference. In December in Cave City, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paducah.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bowling Green, Mammoth Cave National Park, Horse Cave, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky's Stonehenge
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave ©
Mammoth Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum

6
nights
Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. The National Quilt Museum and U.S. Custom House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Paducah side-trips: Columbus-Belmont State Park (in Columbus), Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site (in New Madrid) and Dover (Fort Donelson National Cemetery & Fort Donelson National Battlefield). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Purple Toad Winery, see the interesting displays at Paducah Distilled Spirits, immerse yourself in nature at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, and make a trip to Floodwall Murals.

Plan a Paducah trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cave City to Paducah takes 3 hours. In December in Paducah, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dover, Hopkinsville, Columbus-Belmont State Park, Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium
Highlights from your plan
Fort Donelson National Battlefield ©
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Fort Donelson National Cemetery ©
Fort Donelson National Cemetery

7
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Mega Cavern and Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Churchill Downs and Civil War Fort Duffield. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Bardstown (Spalding Hall & Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral), Jim Beam American Stillhouse (in Clermont) and Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, meet the residents at Louisville Zoo, and wander the streets of Old Louisville.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Louisville vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Paducah to Louisville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bardstown, Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Civil War Fort Duffield
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

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