The largest city in the state of Kentucky, Louisville is bounded to the west, north, and east by three rivers; the Mississippi, Ohio, and Big Sandy Rivers. A resident of Louisville is referred to as a Louisvillian. Depending on how the population is calculated, the city ranked either the 16th or 27th largest city in the US.
The Louisville has a total area of 1,032 km², out of which 997 km² is of land and 35 km² is of water. The city is famous as the home of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” where the energy-filled Kentucky Derby is held that is one of the most popular horseracing events in the United States of America.
Louisville & Kentucky Travel
If you’re looking for something to do while you’re visiting Greater Louisville and Kentucky, you’ve come to the right place.
Louisville has a wide range of attractions and activities for everyone in your family. Topping the list, Churchill Downs, is a must see. Whether you want to brave the spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby or you just want to relax on a less crowded weekday, that is up to you, but the Twin Spires should not be missed.
The addition of the new Muhammad Ali Center to Louisville’s downtown skyline is an absolute knockout while the Louisville Science Center will completely amaze and astound you. For the animal lover in the family who would rather spend their free time with gorillas, lions, tigers and polar bears, then the Louisville Zoo is the place for you.
No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to do and see in Louisville.
Many leisure activities exist in Louisville. The major event of the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest tickets in the country, attracting major celebrities from movie, music and television to witness “the most thrilling 2 minutes is sports”. The Kentucky Derby may only last for one day in May but the celebration starts two weeks prior to the Derby with events happening almost every day.
Although the Derby is a major event, its not the only thing to do and see in Louisville. Louisville also features outstanding restaurant from some of the top chefs in the country, wonderful shopping, many museums, sports, parks and more. Please click any other link below to learn more about what Louisville has to offer.
Kentucky Travel Facts & Trivia
Information on the Bourbon Festival & the birthplaces of Mohammad Ali, KFC, Jim Beam whiskey, mint Julep, Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln.
The state of Kentucky in south-east USA has given the world many famous things, from Abraham Lincoln and Mohammad Ali to Jim Beam and the Kentucky Derby. Here are some facts, trivia and information for visitors travelling to the state.
- Kentucky is arguably the horse capital of the world. The area around Churchill Downs has a higher concentration of thoroughbred breeding farms than anywhere else on the planet, whilst it is also home to the legendary Kentucky Derby. The iconic horse race is arguably more famous for the atmosphere in the crowd – as famously conveyed by Hunter S Thompson – than the racing, but that’s not really the point. The truly horsey are advised to head to Lexington, where they will find the Museum of the Horse.
- Car-loving petrolheads should head to the town of Bowling Green. This is where Corvettes are made, and you can visit the National Corvette Museum whilst there.
- The otherwise entirely non-descript town of Hogdenville has a massive claim to fame – it was the birthplace of assassinated US president Abraham Lincoln. The bearded wonder is honoured at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site.
- During the civil war, both the Union (Lincoln) and the Confederate President were Kentucky-born. Jefferson Davis was also from the state, as you’ll find out at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site.
- And if that’s not greedy enough, then Kentucky can also claim yet another American legend – Mohammad Ali, the self-styled greatest boxer of all time, was born there too.
- Less impressively, it is also the home of Kentucky Fried Chicken (or KFC as it is now known). The original grease in a box shop can be found in Corbin. Treat it as a pilgrimage site if you absolutely must.
- Those who like caves will be in dreamland – the Mammoth Cave system is the biggest cave system in the world. They run for miles and miles and miles, and it is thought that there is plenty more that has not yet been discovered.
- Kentucky is also the state to head to if you’re into your whiskey. Bardstown hosts both the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September. Meanwhile, lovers of Jim Beam should go to the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont. However, despite the fine whiskey, the traditional Kentuckian drink is the mint julep.
- Music lovers should visit Owensboro – it is home to the International Museum of Bluegrass Music.