A Weekender’s Guide to Louisville

Get lost in Louisville, where the neighborhoods are steeped in history and brewing with contemporary culture

Get lost in Louisville, where the neighborhoods are steeped in history and brewing with contemporary culture

Fried chicken, fast horses, baseball bats, and bourbon—Louisville is home to many a Midwest (or is it Southern? Even the locals can’t seem to decide) tradition. But there’s more than just history here. Something new is cooking, too, something you find popping up more and more throughout the country’s cultural hotspots: independent bookstores, public art, sprawling botanical gardens, curio shops, sidewalk cafés, and artisan coffee houses. Sure, the Louisville your grandparents knew is still intact—heck, even the Main Street storefronts your ancestors knew are still on display—but there’s a fresh connectedness humming in the oldest city west of Appalachia. Whatever brings you to Looaville, Looeyville, Luhvul (call it anything but Lewisville) here’s a roadmap for 36 hours in the Derby City.

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Race to Louisville for Kentucky Derby Week

Horses race at Churchill Downs

Horses race at Churchill Downs

**This post was written by Stephen Coomes for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau**

It’s challenging to write anything truly new about a sporting event entering its 141st year, but the Kentucky Derby is one of those rare events that’s so good, so steeped in living history that it needs no improving or upgrading. What’s old is new and still exciting in 2015.

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