13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

13 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Lexington
— 4 nights
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Cave City
— 3 nights
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Louisville

— 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Stevie Ray's Blue's Bar and The Thirsty Pedaler. Explore hidden gems such as Frazier History Museum and Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. Get some cultural insight at Huber's Orchard & Winery and Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Falls of the Ohio State Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, wander the streets of West Main Historic District, and walk around Iroquois Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Louisville online journey planner.

Los Angeles to Louisville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in Louisville hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lexington

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes James E. Pepper Distillery as well as Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Unique Horse Farm Tours. Visit Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea (in Berea) and Four Roses (in Lawrenceburg). There's more to do: try to win big at Keeneland.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip builder.

Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Lexington sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll set off for Cave City on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cave City

— 3 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Get outdoors at Diamond Caverns and Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and Dinosaur World. Step out of Cave City with an excursion to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Elizabethtown--about 50 minutes away.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cave City online travel planner.

Getting from Lexington to Cave City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.