Checking Into: Louisville, KY

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  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Louisville

  • Kentucky

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Shopping

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Curator’s statement

Louisville, Kentucky, is a destination that welcomes both diversity and culture and carries a wealth of history. Historic downtown is nestled beside the Ohio River and is famously known for horse racing competitions at Churchill Downs. Louisville has opportunities to immerse yourself in baseball memorabilia, a rich bourbon heritage and arts districts that bustle with art, music and culinary delights. The atmosphere is enriching and locals are welcoming, making travel here a pleasant experience for visitors.

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Where to stay in Louisville, KY

The Brown Hotel

Elegant property nearby the Brown Theatre with polished rooms and suites.

Cambria Hotel Louisville

Where modern comfort meets Southern charm in the heart of the city.

Hyatt Regency Louisville

Elevate your stay with luxury and convenience in the heart of downtown.

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Things to do in Louisville, KY

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory - Take a tour of the museum and learn how wooden bats are made.

Muhammad Ali Center - Spend a few hours learning the history of Muhammad Ali and boxing.

Louisville Zoo - Best times to visit are fall and spring. Family-friendly experience.

Louisville Ghost Tours - Amerighost Ghost Tours have haunted tours available.

Nulu District - Art, dining and shopping. Browse through many locally owned boutiques.

Churchill Downs - Take it to the track and experience this famous horse racing venue.

Louisville Mega Cavern - Another great family experience. Explore underground caverns with tram tours or zip lines.

Louisville Palace - This theater often has concerts. comedy specials or shows. Check tickets before travel dates.

Places to eat & drink in Louisville, KY

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The Old Spaghetti Factory - Highly-recommend. Classic train car themed restaurant. Make reservations ahead.

Merle's Whiskey Kitchen - For dining and a bourbon tasting experience. Over 200 Bourbon options.

Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse - Attached to the Louisville Slugger Museum, enjoy great BBQ.

Guaca Mole Modern Mexican - Visit this bright and exciting Mexican restaurant in the Nulu District.

Biscuit Belly - A must have. Get there early to make sure you aren't standing outside in line to wait.

Please & Thank You - Stop in for a quick pick me-up at this corner bakery.

Morton's The Steakhouse - Finer dining atmosphere with great entree choices.

The Sport & Social Club - Great sports bar at Fourth Street Live. Great for a quick bite.

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