Home to the Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali, Louisville offers a bevy of cultural highlights, from its eponymous baseball bats to its bourbon distilleries. As the largest city in Kentucky, Louisville has more than its fair share of Victorian-era architecture and urban parks. The best hotels are located downtown, with more affordable choices to the east of the city near Jeffersontown.
Must-Visit Attractions In Louisville
- The historic Churchill Downs hosts the annual Kentucky Derby and is a fun place to visit during the regular racing season or simply to tour the adjacent museum. The beautiful racetrack facility is the perfect place to sip on a mint julep, place a bet and take in the magnificent athleticism of the horses as they race.
- Visitors will spot the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory by the six-story bat leaning against the building. Inside, even non-baseball-enthusiasts can enjoy learning about the history of such an iconic piece of American sports equipment. Plus, everyone leaves with a miniature baseball bat as a souvenir.
The Best Places To Drink -- And Eat
- Located on Whiskey Row, Sidebar doesn’t skimp on creativity in its craft cocktails. Though the bourbon-leaning drinks are the star of the show, don’t forget to pair them with one of the six gourmet burgers from Sidebar’s court-themed menu.
- Open until at least 2 a.m. every night, The Silver Dollar embodies that splashy, honkey-tonk Kentucky vibe. Diners revel in the extensive bourbon and beer menu, which go perfectly with the restaurant’s Southern-inspired food. Make sure to show up early if you want to order brisket -- the limited quantity sells out fast!