10 days in Kentucky & Middle Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky & Middle Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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

— 1 day
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

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Sparta

— 2 nights
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

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 1 night
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

Louisville

— 3 nights

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 Angel's Envy Distillery. Venture out of the city with trips to Bardstown (Barton 1792 Distillery & Willett Distilling Company). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cave Hill Cemetery, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, examine the collection at Frazier History Museum, and explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planner.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Louisville. 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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Unique Horse Farm Tours and Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Red River Gorge Geological Area (in Winchester) and Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade). There's still lots to do: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and learn about winemaking at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lexington planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Lexington sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

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.