What is it like to live in Kentucky?
Louisville - city of constructive contrasts
In Kentucky's largest city, sports enthusiasts can see and experience just as much as discerning culture freaks. However, Louisville is not necessarily on the A-list of tourist destinations in the USA.
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Cassius Clay at home | City of delightful contrasts | Cheers, have a bourbon on it! | Hotels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals | A look back into the past
Louisville is not necessarily on the A-list of tourist destinations in the United States. The city is ranked number 27 in the top 30 largest US cities, but it does not have any of the world-famous attractions that everyone associates with the United States of America. The Statue of Liberty is part of New York and the Golden Gate Bridge cannot easily be moved from San Francisco to the border between Kentucky and Indiana.
That is exactly where Louisville is located, a city that is definitely worth a visit. Not only, but also because it is home to one of the greatest living US idols of all. Here Cassius Clay saw the light of day. That boxing legend, then, who later renamed itself Muhamad Ali and is still revered around the world today - and not just for boxing, by the way.
Cassius Clay at home
To this day, Muhammad Ali is one of the world's most famous faces and of course he is the undisputed greatest son of the city. If you visit Louisville, you should definitely visit the "Muhammad Ali Center" (144 N. Sixth Street). There the beginnings of Cassius Clay, as Ali was called by birth name, come back to life. Videos, films, photos and personal memorabilia not only trace his life, but also portray the entire post-war era, from the Vietnam War to the present day. So you don't necessarily have to be enthusiastic about boxing to be able to spend a few entertaining and educational hours in this center.
City of delightful contrasts
In Louisville, the modern and the traditional are combined, the natural habitats are on par with the urban, art and culture do not have to compete with shopping and gastronomy. It is the attraction and the uniqueness of this city that everything is apparently allowed to exist side by side on an equal footing. In downtown Louisville, the skyscrapers dominate the impressive skyline.
Not far from it, “Old Louisville” is fascinating. In this historic part of town there are only Victorian houses and buildings. The neighborhood is the largest of its kind in the United States and the third largest in the world. Not to visit Old Louisville would be a real tourist sin! Incidentally, it would also miss out on some of the best shops, restaurants and bars in town. Also a must: a stroll along West Main Street in downtown Louisville. If that feels a little like the “Big Apple”, then that's well observed. This street is home to the largest collection of wrought iron facades after SoHo in New York.
Cheers, have a bourbon on it!
Facts about the regional economy are not necessarily always interesting for tourists. In Louisville they should be. This is the city where whiskey is distilled, even world-famous whiskey. Those in the know know that real scotch has only one rival - real bourbon from Kentucky. So it's no wonder that Louisville even offers tours of the history and production facilities of this specialty. Whiskey lovers will get to know world-famous distilleries, but also very small, fine distilleries that only sell their treasures to hand-picked customers. Whiskey fans should definitely not miss this tour. The most stylish combination would, of course, be to drink a Kentucky bourbon for a hefty win at a horse race. You would have to be in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. Since 1875, the most prestigious race in the USA has been held on the "Churchill Downs" racecourse on this day. An unforgettable experience for European horse lovers too!
Hotels, apartments and holiday homes
For hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in Louisville, visit www.booking.com.
A look back into the past
The foundation stone for the fortunes of many families in Kentucky and Louisville was laid on the plantations. Plantations where mostly slaves from Africa had to do the hard work. How masters and slaves once lived, lived and worked can be impressively seen on “Locust Grove” (561 Blankenbaker Lane). The property documents the beginnings of the state of Kentucky, the founding of Louisville and the life of the Clark Croghan family, who originally owned the plantation. That may sound dry at first, but it is a real experience. The living quarters of the owners are in stark contrast to the accommodation of the slaves, which are also shown on the tour. Incidentally, the historical sites are surrounded by many hectares of lush nature, so that you should allow enough time for this.
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