31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

31 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky journey builder

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Paducah
— 4 nights
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Bowling Green
— 5 nights
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Louisville
— 9 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 9 nights
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Corbin
— 1 night
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Paducah

— 4 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Paducah side-trips: Kentucky Lake (in Gilbertsville), Lake Barkley Marina (in Cadiz) and Kenlake State Park (in Hardin). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, get in on the family fun at Maggie's Jungle Golf & Jungle Run, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and appreciate the history behind Wacinton Sculpture.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paducah trip planner.

New York City to Paducah is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Paducah to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bowling Green

— 5 nights
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bowling Green: Cave City (Dinosaur World & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Echo River, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, contemplate the long history of Riverview at Hobson Grove, explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave, and get engrossed in the history at The Kentucky Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bowling Green online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Paducah to Bowling Green by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bowling Green can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Louisville

— 9 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Elizabethtown (Brown-Pusey House, Veterans Memorial, &more), Maker's Mark (in Loretto) and Lux Row Distillers (in Bardstown). There's still lots to do: try your luck at Churchill Downs, stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps and other tourist information, read Louisville day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Louisville are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at New Riff Distillery, then let the kids burn off some steam at George Rogers Clark Park, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY, then see the interesting displays at Vent Haven Museum, and then walk around Devou Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Newport, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Lexington

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Boone County Distilling Co. (in Independence), Ark Encounter (in Williamstown) and Frankfort (Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course, Salato Wildlife Education Center, &more). There's much more to do: catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland, explore the galleries of Kentucky Horse Park, see the interesting displays at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Taylor Made Farm.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Newport to Lexington takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Corbin.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Corbin

— 1 night
Corbin is a home rule-class city in Whitley and Knox counties in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Kentucky. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and then take in the architecture and design of University of the Cumberlands.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Corbin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Corbin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Corbin

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.