Situated along the Ohio River—Louisville, Kentucky is a historic and integral part of American culture as we know today. As the largest producer of thoroughbreds and bourbon, Louisville is a mecca for racing enthusiasts and bourbon connoisseurs alike. Plus, it’s the birthplace of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and the Kentucky Derby—both pieces of history you can experience first hand for yourself.
Walk the neighborhood of Old Louisville along St. James Court. 64 blocks of Victorian style homes dating back to the 1850s take you back in time.Every turn you take is lined by stunning architecture individually unique by its grandiose décor.
Reach for your bowler hats and seersucker and head straight to Churchill Downs. Home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby and Mint Julep—even when empty you can hear the betting calls and hooves turning the 1.25 mile loop.
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A day or evening spent in Louisville is simply not complete without stopping by the Lobby Bar at The Brown Hotel. Enjoy their take on the classic libation, an Old Fashioned, and a stellar one we might add. “A Louisville landmark since 1923, The Brown Hotel is like a fine Kentucky Bourbon that never overwhelms you with its history, but instead entertains you with a lifetime of stories.” See you there?
In a mix between old and new—Main Street in Louisville has one of the largest collections of cast iron facades outside of New York City.Main Street, also known as Museum Row, offers artful history and entertainment alike.
Named the National Spirit of America in 1964 (for good reason), Bourbon is the heart and soul of Kentucky. 95% of the world’s Bourbon is produced in Louisville (and Lexington). Louisville is home to the likes of Jim Beam, Evan Williams and Bulleit—each offering a unique experience.