6 Day Bluegrass & Bourbon Itinerary


Day 1

Arrive at Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Airport before transferring to Covington, Kentucky, overlooking the Ohio River and the city scape of Cincinnati. 

O/N: Covington, Kentucky
Suggested Hotels: Hotel Covington / Embassy Suites by Hilton 



Day 2


Must Do’s

  1. Stroll across the Roebling Suspension Bridge (a prototype of the Brooklyn Bridge) spanning the Ohio River and take in the Cincinnati River Front with its parks, baseball and American football stadiums plus neighboring entertainment and dining districts.
  2. The banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati meant freedom to entrapped slaves and the striking National Underground Railroad Freedom Center portrays three centuries of slavery from its introduction into the Americas to its abolition at the end of the American Civil War
  3. Before there was Las Vegas... there was Newport, Kentucky. Rising from the profits of bootlegging during Prohibition, Newport quickly became the premier gaming destination of the United States. Join the gangster guides for a raucous, high energy presentation inside an old casino to explain the historic significance of Newport and discover how this little town gave birth to the modern gaming industry.

O/N: Covington, Kentucky
Suggested Hotels: Hotel Covington / Embassy Suites by Hilton 


Day 3

lexington - horses - sample itinerary


Depart Covington and head south toward Lexington. 

Must Do’s

  1. The Ark Encounter is a large representation of Noah's Ark based on the Genesis flood narrative contained in the Bible. It is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. This is a state-of-the-art facility that brings Noah’s story to life.
  2. Enjoy the Lexington - Horse Capital of the World and home to more than 450 Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms with many open to the public.  For a true equine experience visit the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated exclusively to the horse, 
  3. If you are in Lexington in April or October make an afternoon of racing at Keeneland Race Course, listed on the National Register of Historic Places 

O/N: Lexington, Kentucky
Suggested Hotels:  21C / DoubleTree by Hilton Lexington / Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa



Day 4

churchill downs


Depart Lexington and head west to Louisville.  

Must Do’s

  1. Louisville is the home of the Kentucky Derby held each May at Churchill Downs. There is racing at Churchill Downs in April, May, June, October and November and the track is open for tours year-round. The next-door Kentucky Derby Museum is an excellent hands-on experience and has a magnificent audio-visual display that captures the Derby Day atmosphere on a 360o screen. 
  2. The Ali Center details the life and legacy of the great Muhammad Ali.
  3. Don’t miss the Slugger Museum and Factory and be sure to sample the Urban Bourbon Trail along Whiskey Row.

O/N: Louisville, Kentucky
Suggested Hotels: The Brown Hotel / Galt House / 21C



Day 5



Travel to the heart of Kentucky Bluegrass Music, Owensboro


Must Do’s

  1. Visit the birthplace and homestead of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, in Rosine.

  2. The Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the international history of bluegrass and honors bluegrass pioneers and other legends. There are wide variety of tours, jam sessions, concerts and festivals.

  3. For dinner head to Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro. Foodies, celebrities and even former president Bill Clinton love the barbecue here. Try the Kentucky speciality – mutton Bar-B-Q.


O/N: Owensboro, Kentucky

Suggested Hotels:  Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront or Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Waterfront



Day 6

Paducah Quilt MuseumNational Quilt Museum.

Follow the Ohio River to Paducah, a UNESCO Creative City.


Must Do’s

  1. Discover the National Quilt Museum - a true global destination. Here you cannot only experience the art of today's quilters, but you can also take part in a quilt making workshop that will bring you even closer to this amazing art.
  2. See the colourful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District of 19th Century architecture in Historic Downtown.
  3. Tour the Hotel Metroplitan and learn of is famous guests such as Billie Holiday and BB King.


O/N: Paducah, Kentucky

Suggested Hotels: Holiday Inn Paducah Downtown



Mary Quinn Ramer President