22 days in New York City, Kentucky & Nashville Itinerary

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New York City
— 6 nights
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Lexington
— 3 nights
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Lebanon
— 1 night
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 1 night
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Louisville
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New York City — 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Central Park, visit Times Square, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

Tokyo, Japan to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tokyo to New York City, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lexington.
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Lexington — 3 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: Sun Valley Farm (in Versailles), Kentucky River Museum (in Richmond) and Frankfort (Castle & Key Distillery & Salato Wildlife Education Center). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at James E. Pepper Distillery, relax in the rural setting at Mill Ridge Farm, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Stallion Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lexington vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Lexington takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lexington, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lebanon.
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Lebanon — 1 night

Lebanon is a home rule-class city in Marion County, Kentucky, in the United States. On the 8th (Mon), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Maker's Mark and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Limestone Branch Distillery.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Lebanon trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lexington to Lebanon by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lebanon can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.
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Mammoth Cave National Park — 3 nights

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Mammoth Cave National Park is known for nature, trails, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery, and explore the fascinating underground world of Diamond Caverns.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lebanon to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lebanon to Mammoth Cave National Park is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Mammoth Cave National Park can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.
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Nashville — 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Tennessee Legend Distillery (in Cookeville), The Park at Harlinsdale Farm (in Franklin) and NCM Motorsports Park (in Bowling Green). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville holiday maker tool.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Nashville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hopkinsville.
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Hopkinsville — 1 night

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. On the 16th (Tue), stop by Griffin's Studio, sample the fine beverages at Casey Jones Distillery, and then take a memorable tour with Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hopkinsville holiday builder site.

You can drive from Nashville to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Hopkinsville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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 17th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, get a dose of the wild on American Saddlebred Horse Farm Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Louisville route planner.

Drive from Hopkinsville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hopkinsville to Louisville. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) 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.
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