Main Street: Downtown Louisville's Main Street is lined with museums and attractions. Some of the street's 19th-century buildings feature cast-iron facades.
At the races: About a 10-minute drive south of downtown, Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum showcase thoroughbred horse racing.
The Greatest: Celebrated boxer Muhammad Ali was a Louisville native. His legacy is protected and propelled forward at the Muhammad Ali Center downtown.
Arts expansion: The Speed Art Museum reopened in 2016 after a $60 million expansion. A temporary exhibit looking at the South's role in contemporary art opened in April.
Hotel plus: The 21c Museum Hotel has its own art museum. The museum and hotel are housed in five 19th-century warehouses converted to showcase contemporary art.
The local beverage: The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is located on downtown Louisville's Whiskey Row. The venue offers tours and tastings tracing the city's bourbon history.
A caffeinated alternative: Bourbon isn't the only carefully crafted drink in town. Please & Thank You pairs locally roasted coffee with homemade baked goods.
Sweet spot: Cellar Door Chocolates are also handmade. The confectionery opened its first retail shop in 2010 in Butchertown Market.
Southern flavors: At 610 Magnolia in Old Louisville, star chef Edward Lee turns out innovative takes on Southern fare, celebrating local Louisville ingredients and traditions.
Fresh air: A series of Frederick Law Olmsted parks makes getting outside easy. The renowned landscape architecture firm created 18 parks and six parkways in Louisville.
More green space: A more recent park project, Waterfront Park stretches along the Ohio River. The third phase includes the Lincoln Memorial and a bridge connecting the city to Southern Indiana.