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Bowling Green
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Bowling Green — 1 night

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 1st (Sat), explore the activities along Echo River, Head underground at Mammoth Cave, and then Head underground at Onyx Cave. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at NCM Motorsports Park, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, then see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave.

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Atlanta to Bowling Green is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bowling Green, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
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Louisville — 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 3rd (Mon), examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Louisville Zoo, then explore the world behind art at 21c Museum Hotel, then examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and finally snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge.

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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 April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lexington.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kentucky Horse Park and Mill Ridge Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lexington: Newport Aquarium (in Newport), George Rogers Clark Park (in Covington) and Creation Museum (in Petersburg). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Taylor Made Farm, examine the collection at Ark Encounter, and identify plant and animal life at Salato Wildlife Education Center.

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Traveling by car from Louisville to Lexington takes 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 8th (Sat) early enough to fly 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.