We're an entirely different type of Southern.
We take the best of Southern, Midwest and Eastern Appalachian culture and make it our own. Louisville's been called the northernmost city in the South and the southernmost city in the North, but that's just the beginning of its cultural variety. Our city not only hosts the Kentucky Derby (and accompanying festivities, including the Thunder Over Louisville airshow); it's also home to America's oldest free professional Shakespeare festival. It's the home town of Thomas Edison and Jennifer Lawrence as well as Diane Sawyer and Muhammad Ali, boasts an acclaimed concrete skate park and the nation's largest urban forest, and gave birth to the famous Slugger baseball bat, the "Happy Birthday" song, the cheeseburger, and chewing gum. We also have the Belle of Louisville, which is the oldest operating steamboat still in existence.
We think Louisville is special and we think you will love it too. It comes as no surprise to us that we won accolades such as Top 52 Places Travel in 2023 or one of the 12 Best Food Cities in the South.