7 days in Louisville & Asheville Itinerary

7 days in Louisville & Asheville Itinerary

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7 days in Louisville & Asheville Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Louisville
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 16th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co and then bet on a winner at Churchill Downs. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge.

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

Chicago to Louisville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Louisville. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Louisville reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Louisville

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Fun & Games
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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©
Churchill Downs ©
Churchill Downs

4
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster & Dollywood), Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, & more) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Mount LeConte & Noah Bud Ogle Cabin). There's much more to do: cruise along Blueridge Parkway, contemplate the long history of Biltmore Estate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Lawrence.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Louisville to Asheville in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Louisville in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Asheville, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Blueridge Parkway
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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