• The nation’s oldest operating sternwheeler steamboat, the Belle of Louisville, continues its century-plus tradition of cruising the Ohio River. • Louisville Waterfront Park, one of 122 city parks in the metro area, features a former railroad bridge that spans 547 feet and provides a pedestrian link to Jeffersonville, Indiana. • The “Urban Bourbon Trail” showcases 20 bars, 50 labels, and the local drink that became a national sensation — with Louisville providing one-third of the nation’s supply. • Local drinking water is so good that the Louisville Water Company once won a “Best of the Best” award from the American Water Works Association. • Coming soon is the Louisville Loop, a paved walking and biking trail that meanders around the city for 110 miles.
Churchill Downs. Photo courtesy of the Louisville Convention Bureau.
Founded by explorer George Rogers Clark before he embarked on the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Louisville was named for French King Louis XVI after his troops helped colonials win the Revolutionary War. Its position at the Falls of the Ohio River made it an obvious stopping point for merchants and pioneers headed west. River commerce, coupled with the coming of the railroads, spurred growth and the city became an industrial center and shipping port,
It’s all about the hat at the Kentucky Derby. Photo courtesy of the Louisville Convention Bureau.
Big Four Bridge. Photo by Nick Roberts.