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Cincinnati to Nashville drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Cincinnati to Nashville road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Cincinnati to Nashville. If you're planning a road trip to Nashville, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Cincinnati
drive for about 48 minutes

10:48 am  Williamstown (Kentucky)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:48 am
drive for about 55 minutes

12:43 pm  Vevay
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:43 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:56 pm  Louisville
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:56 pm
drive for about 46 minutes

4:42 pm  Bardstown
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Bardstown
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:16 am  Mammoth Cave National Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:16 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

12:54 pm  Bowling Green (Kentucky)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:54 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:54 pm  Springfield (Tennessee)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:54 pm
drive for about 39 minutes

4:33 pm  arrive in Nashville
stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Williamstown (Kentucky)  (4 answers)

Vevay

Louisville  (47 answers)
    Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory  (3 mentions)
    Churchill Downs  (2 mentions)
    Muhammad Ali Center  (2 mentions)
    Fourth Street Live!  (2 mentions)
    Louisville Slugger Field  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Louisville:
        Seviche, A Latin Restaurant
        Basa Restaurant
        Milkwood Restaurant
        Jeff Ruby's Louisville
        Hyatt Regency Louisville
    questions about Louisville:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville?
        What's the best neighborhood in Louisville for a first time visitor?
        Any cool things to do/places to eat in Louisville?
        Hotels to stay at during the Kentucky Derby?
        Has anyone been to Butchertown Market?

Bardstown  (8 answers)

Mammoth Cave National Park  (13 mentions)

Bowling Green (Kentucky)  (4 answers)

Springfield (Tennessee)


Where's the best place to stay in Nashville?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Nashville.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Gaylord Opryland Resort, which was mentioned 10 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Hermitage Hotel  (2 mentions)
Omni Nashville Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Nashville? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Nashville?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Bluebird Cafe, which was mentioned 5 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Opryland Hotel  (4 mentions)
Pancake Pantry  (4 mentions)
Peg Leg Porker BBQ  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Nashville? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Nashville?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Grand Ole Opry  (8 mentions)
Ryman Auditorium  (6 mentions)
Centennial Park  (6 mentions)
The Parthenon  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Nashville. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Nashville for a first time visitor?  (9 answers)

profile  Cheryl from Edina, Minnesota asked:
Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?  (6 answers)

profile  Mike from Bronx, New York asked:
Top of the line hotels in Nashville?  (5 answers)

profile  nicholas from Indianapolis asked:
What are some must sees in Nashville during the weekend  (4 answers)

profile  D from Orland Park asked:
Best Location to Stay  (4 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Nashville to Cincinnati drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Cincinnati? Try searching for places within 4 hours of Cincinnati.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Cincinnati to Nashville. Or get a full Cincinnati to Nashville flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Cincinnati well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Cincinnati!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 278 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 14 minutes
Nashville is 1 hour behind Cincinnati
35 Cincinnati travel answers
4 Williamstown (Kentucky) travel answers
47 Louisville travel answers
8 Bardstown travel answers
4 Bowling Green (Kentucky) travel answers
1 Springfield (Tennessee) travel answer
190 Nashville travel answers





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