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Famous for horseracing and bourbon, Louisville is far from being all about thoroughbreds and whisky. Spread out on the banks of the Ohio River amid the picture-postcard farms and rolling pastures of Kentucky bluegrass country, it offers an awful lot more: scenic river walks, green parks, a stunning historic district, museums, theme parks, and plenty else besides. Plus the racing and the bourbon have their advantages too!

The race in question is the famous Kentucky Derby, the finale of Louisville's two-week annual festival. It's one of the most celebrated four-legged dashes on the planet and happens on the first Saturday in May. The whole city turns into one big party during the run-up, and there's a long list of other things going on: concerts, paddle steamer races, hot air balloons, the Pegasus Parade - all kicked off by America's biggest fireworks display. There's no finer time for Louisville holidays.

But there's plenty more to do as well, and you can really get under the skin of the place by strolling along the seven miles of gorgeous trails besides the Ohio, taking a river cruise, or wandering the streets of Old Louisville. It's more or less an open-air museum, full of fabulous Victorian Gothic architecture complete with turrets and gargoyles. Or you could visit some of the city's up-and-coming hipster districts like NuLu, for microbreweries, galleries, boutiques and cool restaurants.

If museums are your thing, then there's some great places to discover on Louisville holidays, with racing, baseball, Muhammad Ali and historical weapons all covered. Plus there's the newly renovated Kentucky Kingdom theme park and Hurricane Bay waterpark due to reopen May 2014 - as well as all the scenic countryside and towns surrounding the city to explore. Like we said, horses and bourbon are only part of the story!

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The Slugger Museum

The official bat of US Major League Baseball is made right here in Louisville, and the museum dedicated to it isn't hard to find - there's a 37-metre replica bat standing on the street outside. Inside you can find out about the history of American baseball, take a factory tours, face a virtual fastball, and see bats signed by many of the sport's most famous sluggers.

Home of the Derby

Even if you can't get a ticket for the event itself, on Louisville holidays you can visit the place where the Kentucky Derby happens - or watch practice sessions and other races from the stands during the season. There's also a museum with fascinating photos, films and exhibits, plus the chance to sit on a saddle in a real starting gate to feel the thrill of the race.

Mega Cavern

Beneath the city lies 100 acres of limestone caverns with 17 miles of tunnels, left over from former mining activity. Now you can take a tram ride beneath the ground to discover the former mine's geology and history. Better still, you can zip line for two hours along six different stretches or tackle the aerial ropes challenge.

Beautiful Bourbon

Most bourbon is produced within a 100-mile radius of the city, so following the Urban Bourbon Trail is a must. There's 18 stop-offs along the Trail, and make sure you include Bourbons Bistro, which keeps over 130 varieties and offers a bourbon-inspired menu. Outside Louisville you can visit the distilleries too.

The Greatest

Still living in the city where he was born, boxer Muhammad Ali has established a centre dedicated not only to the story of his career, but to the principles he lives by. Ali's story is told against a background of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War.
  • Louisville
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Fly Drive Holiday: Southern Discovery

Atlanta – Chattanooga – Asheville/Smoky Mountains – Louisville – Nashville – Memphis - Birmingham

From the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta to the rich southern charms of Birmingham, our Southern Discovery fly drive will take you through some of the South’s iconic towns and locations, showcasing the best in culture, music, food, history and outdoor vista’s that these states are renowned for. Discover where Scarlett O’Hara was brought to live in Atlanta; experience music mania in Nashville and Memphis – home to the Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll; explore the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains and learn about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others raised awareness of the civil rights movement.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Kentucky Bourbon Trails

Nashville – Bardstown - Louisville – Lexington – Middlesboro – Mammoth Cave/Bowling Green – Nashville

Our suggested fly drive itinerary showcases some of Kentucky’s best attributes. Start in Nashville, Tennessee your gateway into Kentucky, with the first stop at Bardstown to discover where bourbon began. Carry on the bourbon trail to Louisville, home to Kentucky’s yearly Derby horse race, before driving through the emerald hills of Horse Country to Lexington, rich with championship thoroughbreds. Continue south to the source of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin, then onwards to the mesmerising sights of the Appalachian Mountains from Middlesboro. Finally, end your journey exploring the fascinating cave systems at the Mammoth Cave National Park.
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