60 days in San Francisco, Kentucky & Denver Itinerary

60 days in San Francisco, Kentucky & Denver Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 10 nights
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Paducah
— 4 nights
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Cadiz
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 5 nights
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Monticello
— 2 nights
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Whitesburg
— 3 nights
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Lexington
— 9 nights
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Louisville
— 9 nights
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Denver
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San Francisco

— 10 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Twin Peaks. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Safari West will get you outdoors. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Inverness (Drakes Estero & Tomales Bay State Park) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pepperwood Preserve.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planning site.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in November, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 20°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paducah.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paducah

— 4 nights
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Get in touch with nature at Columbus-Belmont State Park and Kentucky Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The National Quilt Museum and Floodwall Murals. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paducah: Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion), The Arboretum at Murray State (in Murray) and Kuttawa Harbor Marina (in Kuttawa). The adventure continues: admire the engineering at Kentucky Dam, stroll around Mike Miller County Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, and look for gifts at Twin Lakes Antique Mall.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paducah trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Paducah in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paducah. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect Paducah to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cadiz.

Things to do in Paducah

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Cadiz

— 3 nights
Cadiz is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Trigg County, Kentucky, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Woodlands Nature Station and Adsmore House & Gardens. Get outdoors at Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium and Lake Barkley. Step out of Cadiz to go to Hardin and see Kenlake State Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Elk and Bison Prairie.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cadiz road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Cadiz takes an hour. November in Cadiz sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Cadiz

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 5 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Step out of the city life by going to Mammoth Cave and Tall Man's Misery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nolin Lake State Park. Change things up with a short trip to The Glendale Antique Mall in Glendale (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through Cedar Sink Trail, trek along Fat Man's Misery, contemplate the waterfront views at Dog Creek Recreation Area, and explore the fascinating underground world of Sand Cave.

To see photos and tourist information, read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder.

Getting from Cadiz to Mammoth Cave National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Monticello.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Monticello

— 2 nights
Monticello is a home rule-class city in Wayne County, Kentucky, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and then get engrossed in the history at Wayne County Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yahoo Falls and then stroll through Cumberland Point Recreational Area.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monticello road trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Monticello in 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Monticello due to the time zone difference. In December in Monticello, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Whitesburg.

Things to do in Monticello

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Whitesburg

— 3 nights
Whitesburg is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Letcher County, Kentucky, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Bad Branch State Nature Preserve and Martins Fork Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Kingdom Come State Park and Appalshop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Whitesburg: Buckhorn Lake (in Buckhorn) and Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster Memorial (in Hyden).

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Whitesburg trip maker.

Getting from Monticello to Whitesburg by car takes about 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Whitesburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Whitesburg

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kentucky Horse Park and Ark Encounter. Get outdoors at Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides and Auxier Ridge Trail #204. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lexington: Fitchburg Furnace (in Ravenna), Nada Tunnel (in Stanton) and Ruth Hunt Candies (in Mount Sterling). And it doesn't end there: bet on a winner at Keeneland, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the King, and see the interesting displays at Aviation Museum of Kentucky.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lexington trip maker.

Traveling by car from Whitesburg to Lexington takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Louisville

— 9 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Take a break from the city and head to Louisville Mega Cavern and Taylorsville Lake State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Distillery Tours and The Big Four Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Bernheim Arboretum & Forest (in Clermont), Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area (in Brandenburg) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, admire the majestic nature at EP "Tom" Sawyer State Park, stroll through Jefferson Memorial Forest, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Louisville sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Louisville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 11 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Breckenridge Ski Resort and Trail Ridge Road. Take a break from the city and head to Winter Park Resort and Sally Barber Mine Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park (Sheep Lakes, Many Parks Curve Overlook, &more), Breckenridge (French Gulch & Blue River Sports) and South Platte Park and the Carson Nature Center (in Littleton). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, look for gifts at Never Summer Mountain Products, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, and trek along Monument Rock Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Fly from Louisville to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Louisville in December, expect Denver to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · 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.