5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

5 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky tour planner

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Louisville
— 1 night
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Lexington
— 1 night
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Stearns
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then try to win big at Churchill Downs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip itinerary maker site.

Cedar Rapids to Louisville is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, Louisville is a bit warmer than Cedar Rapids - with highs of 69°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Lexington

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Unique Horse Farm Tours, sample the fine beverages at Bluegrass Distillers, and then catch the contagious excitement of Keeneland.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington online visit planner.

Drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Stearns.

Things to do in Lexington

Casinos · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours

Stearns

— 1 night
Stearns is a census-designated place (CDP) in McCreary County, Kentucky, United States. Barthell Coal Camp Private Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of McCreary County Museum, get a tailor-made plan with Barthell Coal Camp Private Tours, then take in the dramatic natural features at Split Bow Arch, and finally admire the sheer force of Yahoo Falls.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Stearns tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Stearns takes 2 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Stearns

Nature · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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 30th (Fri): trek along Cedar Sink Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

Getting from Stearns to Mammoth Cave National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mammoth Cave National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

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.