60 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Owensboro
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Paducah
— 5 nights
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Hopkinsville
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Mammoth Cave National Park
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Lebanon
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Lexington
— 13 nights
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Newport
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Louisville
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Owensboro — 4 nights

Owensboro is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Daviess County, Kentucky, United States. You've now added Western Kentucky Botanical Garden to your itinerary. Explore Owensboro's surroundings by going to Bowling Green (Corsair Artisan Distillery, Jackson's Orchard & Nursery, &more), Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run) and Henderson (John James Audubon Museum & Farmer and Frenchman Winery). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Smothers Park and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dueling Grounds Distillery.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Owensboro holiday website.

Louisville to Owensboro is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Owensboro. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paducah.
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Paducah — 5 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. 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 Venture River Water Park (in Eddyville). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, see human ingenuity at work at Kentucky Dam, learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, and don't miss a visit to Floodwall Murals.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paducah trip builder app.

Getting from Owensboro to Paducah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Paducah can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Hopkinsville.
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Hopkinsville — 4 nights

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hopkinsville: Don F Pratt Museum (in Fort Campbell), Golden Pond (Land Between the Lakes NRA, Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium & The Elk and Bison Prairie) and Woodlands Nature Station (in Cadiz). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casey Jones Distillery, look for all kinds of wild species at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, take in nature's colorful creations at Adsmore House & Gardens, and look for gifts at Griffin's Studio.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hopkinsville journey website.

You can drive from Paducah to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 4 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mammoth Cave National Park: Nolin Lake State Park (in Mammoth Cave), Reid's Livery Winery (in Alvaton) and Habbeger's Amish Market (in Scottsville). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Green River, and hike along Tall Man's Misery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hopkinsville to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lebanon.
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Lebanon — 6 nights

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lebanon: The Abbey of Gethsemani (in Trappist), Danville (Art Center of the Bluegrass, Party On Air Extreme Inflatables, llc, &more) and William Whitley House (in Stanford). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Limestone Branch Distillery, look for gifts at Awaken Boutique, tour the pleasant surroundings at Green River Stables, and learn about winemaking at Jesters Winery & Cafe.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lebanon trip app.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lebanon takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Lebanon. In July in Lebanon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 13 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Versailles (Sun Valley Farm & Woodford Reserve Distillery), Creation Museum (in Petersburg) and Burlington (Rabbit Hash General Store & England Idlewild Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, sample the fine beverages at James E. Pepper Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Mill Ridge Farm, and admire the majestic nature at Kentucky Horse Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lexington travel tool.

You can drive from Lebanon to Lexington in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Newport.
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Newport — 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to EarthJOY Tree Adventures (in Germantown), Maysville (Kentucky Gateway Museum Center & EAT Gallery) and O'Neil Landing (in Augusta). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Newport Aquarium, take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, let little ones run wild at George Rogers Clark Park, and don't miss a visit to Roebling Murals on the Floodwalls of Covington, KY.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Newport online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lexington to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Newport, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
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Louisville — 19 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Louisville: Elizabethtown (Brown-Pusey House, Hardin County History Museum, &more), Sparta (Kentucky Speedway & Neeley Family Distillery) and General Butler State Resort Park (in Carrollton). The adventure continues: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisville route website.

Traveling by car from Newport to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Kentucky travel guide

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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.
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