10 days in Kentucky & Middle Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky & Middle Tennessee Itinerary

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Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Middlesboro
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Middlesboro
— 1 day
Drive
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Sparta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lexington
— 3 nights
Fly

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Middlesboro

Middlesboro is a home rule-class city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. On the 16th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

For photos and tourist information, use the Middlesboro online trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Middlesboro is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Middlesboro, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Middlesboro when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Middlesboro

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Sparta

Sparta is a city and the county seat of White County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Burgess Falls State Park, Head underground at Cumberland Caverns, and then contemplate the long history of Sparta Rock House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Wildcat Falls and then admire the sheer force of Fall Creek Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sparta trip planner.

You can drive from Middlesboro to Sparta in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Sparta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fat Man's Misery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then trek along Cedar Sink Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Cave National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Sparta to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Wildlife

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Louisville

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Step out of the city life by going to Bernheim Arboretum & Forest and My Old Kentucky Home. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Cave Hill Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery & Willett Distilling Company). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Frazier History Museum, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, and explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In November in Louisville, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

3
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Lexington

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Unique Horse Farm Tours and Natural Bridge State Resort Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and Mary Todd Lincoln House. When in Lexington, make a side trip to see Red River Gorge Geological Area in Winchester, approximately Winchester away. There's still lots to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, learn about winemaking at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery, sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lexington online journey planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

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.