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 Jeffersonville
Radisson Hotel Louisville Jeffersonville
3 out of 5
505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville, IN, 47129
The price is $82 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Clarksville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,393 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Radisson Hotel Louisville Jeffersonville
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
4 out of 5
140 North Fourth Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $135 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,056 reviews)
"Everything was great except the swimming pool over looks a major highway- the noisiest pool we have ever had. Not very pleasant."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Galt House Hotel Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Omni Louisville Hotel
Omni Louisville Hotel
4.5 out of 5
400 S. 2nd Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $151 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 4
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,026 reviews)
Quality, luxury and charity.
"All the Omni staff, from reception to valet to housekeeping, were amazingly helpful. The ambience from top to bottom is very luxurious. I was pleasantly surprised that when I opted out of daily housekeeping, the donated a meal to Feeding America for each day. Very nice."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Omni Louisville Hotel
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Abode Louisville - Downtown Convention Center 4th Street Live
Abode Louisville - Downtown Convention Center 4th Street Live
3.5 out of 5
537 South 3rd Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $47 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and digital TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
2.9/5 (39 reviews)
Meh
"Lobby and elevators very dirty. No instructions on how to get into lobby. The check in process took way to much time uploading documents that didn’t work and repeating the process… the level 17 sky deck was nice to hang out at. But the couch was broken for pull out and uncomfortable"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Abode Louisville - Downtown Convention Center 4th Street Live
FRONTDESK Main & Clay Apts Butcḣertown Louisville
FRONTDESK Main & Clay Apts Butcḣertown Louisville
3.5 out of 5
633 East Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $69 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Popular attractions Fourth Street Live! and Louisville ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"Such an amazing experience here!! I can not wait to go back and stay here again!!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

FRONTDESK Main & Clay Apts Butcḣertown Louisville
FRONTDESK Whiskey Row Lofts Downtown Louisville
FRONTDESK Whiskey Row Lofts Downtown Louisville
3 out of 5
140 West Washington Street, Louisville, KY, 40202
The price is $69 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Louisville. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV, and digital TV. Popular attractions Fourth Street Live! and Louisville Zoo are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (7 reviews)
"The suite was so cute and homey feeling! Even though we only stayed one night it was a far better experience than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in and we already can’t wait to come back!"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

FRONTDESK Whiskey Row Lofts Downtown Louisville
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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