9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

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9 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Amarillo
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
1
Bowling Green
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Louisville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Lexington
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Amarillo

1
night
Bowling Green

Bowling Green ©
Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at Jackson's Orchard.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bowling Green road trip planning app .

Amarillo to Bowling Green is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trip

Cave City
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Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
National Corvette Museum ©
National Corvette Museum
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

3
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Appreciate the collections at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Louisville Mega Cavern and Maker's Mark. Step out of Louisville to go to Simpsonville and see The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville trip site .

You can drive from Bowling Green to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maker's Mark, The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Newport Aquarium, then have some family-friendly fun at XhilaRacing, and then see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Newport on the Levee, snap pictures at Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge, and then see the interesting displays at Creation Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Louisville to Newport by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Louisville in June since evenings lows in Newport dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Lexington.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

XhilaRacing, Ark Encounter, Creation Museum
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Ark Encounter ©
Ark Encounter
Creation Museum ©
Creation Museum
Newport Aquarium ©
Newport Aquarium

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery, view the masterpieces at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, then shop like a local with Berea Arts Council, and finally stop by Weston Glass Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Damselfly Gallery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Woodford Reserve Distillery, and then try to win big at Keeneland.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lexington trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Newport to Lexington by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Fun & Games Casinos Shopping

Side Trips

Berea, Damselfly Gallery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery
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Keeneland ©
Keeneland
Buffalo Trace Distillery ©
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Woodford Reserve Distillery ©
Woodford Reserve Distillery

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