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Louisville, KY

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Muhammad Ali Center featuring modern architecture and night scenes

Tour streets of Victorian houses, learn about one of the world's most famous horse races and head underground on a caving adventure in this fascinating Kentucky city.

Set along the muddy banks of the Ohio River is Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky and the seat of Jefferson County. Home of sporting legends, a sizeable Victorian neighborhood, an underground zip-line course and the Kentucky Derby, it is an endlessly fascinating place. Take it all in when you visit Louisville.

Founded in 1778 and named after King Louis XVI of France, the city is one of the oldest in the country. Step back into the past with a walking tour of Old Louisville and its more than 40 blocks of Victorian-era homes. Note the mix of architectural styles including neoclassical, Venetian gothic, Italianate and Tudor revival. Stay in the neighborhood to watch musical performances at Central Park's amphitheater.

If you're a sports fan, visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, where you can make your own baseball bat.

At the Kentucky Derby Museum get some background on the annual race's history. The race is held in May at Churchill Downs, in Southern Louisville.

Discover what it takes to be a boxing legend at the Muhammad Ali Center. This cultural attraction is dedicated to the Louisville native's career and conflict resolution inspired by his values.

At Cave Hill Cemetery, a Victorian burial ground, find the final resting place of another son of the city, Colonel Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain.

Those with an adventurous side should consider a zip-line tour of the caves and caverns of Louisville Mega Cavern. This network of manmade underground caverns was a limestone quarry for more than 40 years and is now a family-friendly attraction. Other activities include walking tours and an electric bike tour of the subterranean space.

Another option for a day out with the family is the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park which includes rides, slides and shows, and a waterpark called Hurricane Bay.

Reach Louisville by road, rail or by flying into Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport which is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the downtown core. Stay for a vacation of historical treasures, geological wonders and thrilling sports.

Where to stay in Louisville

Radisson Hotel Louisville North
Radisson Hotel Louisville North
3 out of 5
505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN
Fully refundable
The price is $87 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of KFC Yum Center, Louisville Waterfront Park, and Kentucky International Convention Center. Louisville ...
3.8/5Good! (1,688 reviews)
"It was clean, beds comfy."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Radisson Hotel Louisville North
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $159 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
Located in West Main Historic District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Actors Theatre of Louisville, KFC Yum Center, and Kentucky International ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,449 reviews)
"Very nice facility. Feel like they haven’t quite opened up from Covid though which is fine also."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $152 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in West Main Historic District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fourth Street Live! and Kentucky International Convention Center. KFC ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,094 reviews)
"It was tastefully decorated. The hotel staff was always friendly and the facilities were all very clean."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Omni Louisville Hotel
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Hancock House
Hancock House
3 out of 5
601 East Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $89 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Downtown Louisville, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Louisville Slugger Field, KFC Yum Center, and Fourth Street Live!. Kentucky International ...
3.9/5Very Good! (23 reviews)
"The hotel itself was really nice and conveniently located within walking distance of shops and restaurants. The only negative comment would be the checkin process, it’s very confusing and there is no staff on site to help. You have to go across the street to the Hilton hotel to get your code to access ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Hancock House
Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown NuLu
Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown NuLu
2.5 out of 5
240 South Hancock Street, Louisville, KY
The price is $101 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Downtown Louisville, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Louisville Slugger Field, KFC Yum Center, and Fourth Street Live!. Kentucky International ...
4.2/5Excellent! (431 reviews)
"I stayed during the 4th of July weekend and I had a wonderful stay at this location. The manager and staff were pleasant. The rooms were clean and comfortable. I will be back."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown NuLu
Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Airport/Expo Center, KY
Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Airport/Expo Center, KY
2.5 out of 5
3000 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY
The price is $93 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 14
Situated in Louisville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trager Stadium, Kentucky Exposition Center, and Kentucky Kingdom. University of Louisville and Churchill ...
4.3/5Excellent! (199 reviews)
"The hotel is approximately 4 years old and it still has a new, modern feeling to the layout and decor. The lobby, common areas and rooms are kept very well. The staff was incredibly attentive and friendly. This was my second stay here and I'm sure it will not be my last. When I travel to Louisville ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville Airport/Expo Center, KY
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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