If you ever visit Kentucky, you simply have to make a trip to Louisville. As the largest city in the Bluegrass State, Louisville is a traditional southern metropolis that is filled with modern attractions. The city is most well known for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and attracts throngs of visitors every spring, usually on the first Saturday in May. But when you come for the races, you will find that Louisville has a whole lot more to offer than just horses.
Spring is always the most magical time in Louisville, Kentucky. Flowers are blooming and spring is in the air, and the Derby is well under way. The race is emblematic of the convergence of old and new values in this city. Louisville is made great by its bustling downtown business district south of the Ohio River and the contrasting, serene neighborhood of Old Louisville. This historic district of the city is home to remarkable preservations from the Victorian era, and is the largest historically preserved neighborhood of its nature anywhere in the nation. There is much to explore here any time of year, though; not just in the springtime.
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Every year, the two-week long Kentucky Derby Festival precedes the famous horse race for which it is named. One of the festival’s most exciting events is called the Thunder Over Louisville, which is the largest annual firework spectacle in the nation. Another unique attraction is the Adam Matthews Balloon Festival, one of the largest hot air balloon gatherings of its kind in the country that returns to the city every September. And all you baseball enthusiasts out there can’t afford to pass up the Louisville Slugger Museum while visiting Kentucky. This year-round museum is a tribute to America’s favorite national pastime.
The city of Louisville is situated along the Indiana border on the Ohio River, near the metropolitan regions of Cincinnati and Lexington. The people of Louisville are all extremely friendly, and you’ll find that they are more than willing to fix you a drink or prepare you a delicious southern meal while you enjoy a break from taking in the scenery. If you’re looking to wet your whistle, you should definitely explore Baxter Avenue, where you are assured to find a tavern, coffeehouse, or restaurant to suit your tastes. One third of all Bourbon Whiskey is made in Louisville, so you should have no problem finding some good spirits during your stay. The drink known as the Old Fashioned, which prominently features whiskey, was invented in Louisville’s Pendennis Club.
For those looking to indulge their cultural side, the Louisville Ballet or Orchestra and the Kentucky Opera are all great options to that end. And if you’re looking for fascinating history, there is no shortage of that here. The Seelbach Hotel, which F. Scott Fitzgerald references in The Great Gatsby, is famous for a secret back room where Al Capone would meet with his cohorts and make deals during Prohibition. The Frazier International History Museum, located in the city’s “Museum Row” in the West Main District of downtown, will also provide a more traditional view of Louisville history if you prefer.
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