10 days in Des Moines, Kentucky & Mount Vernon Itinerary

10 days in Des Moines, Kentucky & Mount Vernon Itinerary

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Des Moines
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 2 nights
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Cave City
— 2 nights
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Lexington
— 2 nights
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Mount Vernon
— 1 night
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Des Moines

— 2 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. John Wayne Birthplace & Museum and State Historical Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Living History Farms and Hogback Covered Bridge. Take a break from Des Moines with a short trip to Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa in Madrid, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from High Trestle Trail Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brown's Woods, steep yourself in history at Valley Junction, and admire the masterpieces at Salisbury House.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Des Moines online trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Des Moines is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Des Moines, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Des Moines are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Louisville.

Things to do in Des Moines

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 27th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Cave Hill Cemetery, explore the galleries of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then examine the collection at Frazier History Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21c Museum Hotel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville vacation builder website.

You can fly from Des Moines to Louisville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cave City.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:

Cave City

— 2 nights
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
On the 29th (Tue), Head underground at Diamond Caverns, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then examine the collection at Dinosaur World, and finally don't miss a visit to 212 on the Main. On the next day, meet the residents at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, then Head underground at Onyx Cave, and then hike along Fat Man's Misery.

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Drive from Louisville to Cave City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Louisville to Cave City is minus 1 hour. In June in Cave City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:

Lexington

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, examine the collection at The Great American Dollhouse Museum, and then take in the history at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Mary Todd Lincoln House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lexington Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Unique Horse Farm Tours, and finally do a tasting at Equus Run Vineyard & Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington road trip planning tool.

Drive from Cave City to Lexington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cave City to Lexington due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Mount Vernon.

Things to do in Lexington

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Mount Vernon

— 1 night
Mount Vernon is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, take an in-depth tour of George Mason's Gunston Hall, and then steep yourself in history at Birthplace National Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mount Vernon day trip website.

Fly from Lexington to Mount Vernon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Mount Vernon, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:
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Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
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.