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Bourbon, bluegrass and year-round fun in the home of the Kentucky Derby
Louisville is Kentucky’s largest city – home to both the Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali. Here, you can sip some of the world’s finest spirits along the Urban Bourbon Trail, visit landmarks honoring some of history’s greatest influencers and dine at award-winning restaurants – all in the same day. Louisville welcomes visitors with authentic regional experiences and, of course, that special Southern hospitality. Settle in and stay a while.
Louisville’s Claims to Fame
Boxing great Muhammad Ali was a Louisville native. Visit the Muhammad Ali Center, the gym where his boxing career started, his childhood home, his burial site at Cave Hill Cemetery and much more on the self-guided “Footsteps of Greatness” tour. Cave Hill Cemetery is also the final resting place of famed Louisville resident, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. You can see how another Louisville native, the iconic wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat, is crafted at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The Frazier History Museum is the starting point and welcome center for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a collection of distilleries that specialize in Kentucky’s best-known export, bourbon whiskey. Take a side trip to nearby Hodgenville, Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. Of course, you can’t say you’ve been to Louisville until you tour Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum where the annual Kentucky Derby horse race is held.
Food and Drink of Louisville
With more than 2,500 restaurants, including several James Beard Award nominees, Louisville’s dining scene showcases both international fare and upscale cuisine. But, there are a few regional specialties to try to get a true taste of Louisville. First is the Hot Brown sandwich. This open-faced sandwich is piled with sliced turkey and bacon, covered in a French Mornay sauce (a béchamel with cheese in it) and broiled. Try it at the Brown Hotel, where it was invented in 1926. Follow that up with Louisville’s official cocktail, the bourbon-based Old Fashioned, at one of the bars, restaurants or distilleries on the city’s Urban Bourbon Trail. Explore on your own, or join up with a guide. Mint Julep Experiences offers pre-planned tours of area distilleries and breweries.
Top Louisville Landmarks
The 45-block district of Old Louisville is the largest Victorian architecture district in the USA, replete with stately mansions dating from 1880 to 1910. It’s also home to the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Central Park. A walking tour is the perfect way to see it all (and fill up your camera roll). Take a step back in time to the age of river travel on the circa-1914 Belle of Louisville steamboat, the oldest of its kind still in operation. You’ll soak in the riverfront scenery on a two-hour tour of the Ohio River. At night, walk across the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the river from Louisville Waterfront Park to Jeffersonville, Indiana. The bridge was originally constructed in 1895 as a railway bridge and revitalized in 2013 with
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