13 days in Kentucky & Minnesota Itinerary

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Bowling Green — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): Head underground at Onyx Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, and then trek along Fat Man's Misery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): Head underground at Lost River Cave, then examine the collection at National Corvette Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Green River.

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Mobile to Bowling Green is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mobile in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Bowling Green, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Louisville — 4 nights

Derby City

Change things up with these side-trips from Louisville: Kentucky September 11th Memorial (in Radcliff), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, and sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

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Getting from Bowling Green to Louisville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lexington.
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Lexington — 2 nights

Horse Capital of the World

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Kentucky Horse Park, see the interesting displays at Ark Encounter, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, then experience rural life at Sun Valley Farm, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and finally walk around High Bridge Park.

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You can drive from Louisville to Lexington in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Duluth.
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature
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Duluth — 2 nights

Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas

On the 26th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Congdon Park, then examine the collection at Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate, then cruise along Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lakewalk, then snap pictures at Aerial Lift Bridge, and finally walk around Canal Park.

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You can fly from Lexington to Duluth in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lexington to Duluth. Traveling from Lexington in June, things will get a bit cooler in Duluth: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Minneapolis.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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Minneapolis — 3 nights

The City of Lakes

Minneapolis is known for fun & games, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America, walk around Doris A. Kemp Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Duluth to Minneapolis takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Duluth in June: high temperatures in Minneapolis hover around 79°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Kentucky travel guide

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.

Minnesota travel guide

The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.