About Louisville

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Whether you come for the bourbon, the bluegrass, the amazing dining scene, or something a little more active, Louisville has what you're looking for. This cosmopolitan city has plenty of attractions for all ages and interests.

Louisville is a bourbon connoisseurs dreamland, and a great place to kick off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a sampling extravaganza with nine stops (two of which are in the city). Don't want to leave Louisville? Tackle the Urban Bourbon Trail instead, which traces its way through Louisville's finest bars and restaurants.


Sports more your thing than liquor? There's the Louisville Slugger Museum, where you can design your own bat or wander along the Walk of Fame. Or, visit the Muhammad Ali Center to learn more about the legendary boxer. Of course, you can't talk about sports in Kentucky without mentioning horse racing, so don't forget to stop at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

If you're planning on an active vacation, the Big Four Bridge is a must-do. This converted railroad truss bridge connects Louisville to Jeffersonville, Indiana, and is only open to pedestrians or bicyclists. Then, head to the Louisville Mega Cavern, a massive (more than 4,000,000 square foot) man-made area that houses zip lines, an aerial ropes course, and an underground bike park. For something a little less adrenaline-fueled, walk around Louisville's Central Park and admire the stately homes, especially the gorgeous Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.
To visit, fly in to Louisville International Airport. You'll only need to rent a car if you're heading out of the city center, as Louisville is very walkable.

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