8 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Bowling Green
— 4 nights
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Slade
— 1 night
Drive to Blue Grass Airport, Fly to Washington

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Louisville — 2 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: Kentucky Horse Park (in Lexington) and Ark Encounter (in Williamstown). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, make a trip to Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Louisville travel itinerary planner.

Washington to Louisville is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Bowling Green.
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Bowling Green — 4 nights

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bowling Green: Dinosaur World (in Cave City), Mammoth Cave National Park (Cedar Sink Trail, Mammoth Cave, &more) and Dog Creek Recreation Area (in Cub Run). The adventure continues: Head underground at Lost River Cave, don't miss a visit to 1921 Standard Oil Station, get engrossed in the history at Historic RailPark & Train Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum.

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You can drive from Louisville to Bowling Green in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Bowling Green is minus 1 hour. July in Bowling Green sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Slade.
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Slade — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hike along Rock Bridge Trail #207, tour the pleasant surroundings at Auxier Ridge Trail #204, and then walk around Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

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Drive from Bowling Green to Slade in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bowling Green to Slade. Traveling from Bowling Green in July, you will find days in Slade are little chillier (82°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.
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Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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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