About Louisville

About LouisvilleFamous for the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger and good bourbon, Louisville rests on the bank of the Ohio River, just across from Indiana. The town dates back to the 1600s, when the Europeans who explored the Gulf of Mexico came here. During the Revolutionary War, Colonel George Rogers Clark headquartered and ran his wartime operations from the Louisville area. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off with the Corps of Discovery from the wharf—now Waterfront Park-- in Louisville in 1803 on their long journey to the Pacific Ocean and back. While it is a bustling, modern city, Louisville retains much of its historical ambience, especially in Old Louisville, where the splendid architecture reflects its 1870s time frame.

Louisville requires a larger time investment than a mere weekend to be fully explored and experienced, but a weekend would give a visitor a good taste of some Kentuckian delights. If history fascinates, visit the Frazier International History Museum with its tremendous collection of weaponry and armor from Britain’s Royal Armouries. Over 1,000 years of English and world history are reflected in these artifacts from the early middle ages to the end of the British Empire. If live music appeals, consider a visit to the Fourth Street Live where visitors are sure to find a concert or three happening. Old Louisville offers walking tours to see some of the gorgeous Victorian era houses and mansions. Of course, the Kentucky Derby Museum allows visitors to sample a variety of activities that occur each year at Churchill Downs. Hotels and restaurants to suite every taste and pocketbook can be found all throughout the city and environs. For some rich Kentucky fare, book a romantic dinner at 601 Magnolia and dig in to the delicious food crafted by its famous chef, Ed Lee. Or consider a dinner-dance cruise on the Belle of Louisville for a trip back in time on the oldest operating steamboat in the world. If world-class art is your passion, hop on the First Friday Trolley Hop in the Main and Market area of downtown. Billed as art show, tourist attraction and street party, the many art galleries, restaurants and shops await visitors’ attention.

While Louisville is easy to reconnoiter using maps, it can be a bit daunting to get around, as public transportation isn’t as accommodating as it could be. Downtown Louisville, however, is a grid and easy to access by foot, bus or trolley. The largest central business district in Kentucky is downtown Louisville, containing the West Main District, the East Main District, the Fourth Street District and the Medical and Civic Centers. All are lively areas with shops, restaurants, museums and city attractions throughout. Visitors are sure to enjoy the variety of tastes and experiences of this warmhearted, friendly town.