Just over 3 hours southwest of Worthington sits an incredible town full of spirit and life, Louisville, Kentucky. While known for its bourbon, bluegrass and the annual horse race at Churchill Downs, this city has so much more to offer. The Kentucky Derby may have brought light to the city, but it’s the subtle charisma that makes Louisville an unforgettable road trip destination.
Louisville has an urban feel, with old town charm sprinkled throughout. Set alongside the Ohio River, the city has views of the calm waterfront and the bustling city—it’s the best of both worlds. Stroll along the tree-shaded streets in Old Louisville while you admire the gorgeous, Victorian-era mansions. But best of all, the city is full of friendly folk that make you feel truly welcome.
If you’re interested in exploring a variety of museums, spend a day downtown. From science to art to history, there are so many unique museums in the city. Make sure to visit the Muhammad Ali Center or the Frazier International History Museum.
If you’re like me, the best part of any trip is sampling the local food scene. Louisville has several bourbon distilleries where you can learn how they create the best bourbon in the U.S. Now, if you’re looking for their most iconic dish, look no further than The Brown Hotel. This AAA Four Diamond® historic hotel is also home to the famous “Hot Brown”—an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown has been a Louisville tradition since 1926.
Having worked in the travel industry for years, I can’t believe I didn’t realize sooner that this little gem was so close to home. If you’re interested in exploring this charming town, contact our AAA travel agents.