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Known as the Gateway to the South, Louisville is the cultural, culinary, and entertainment hub of Kentucky. Our hotel is located in the heart of downtown, providing easy access to the most popular things to do in downtown Louisville and beyond, all located in our Louisville travel guide. Whether you are a sports fan, art enthusiast or discriminating foodie, Derby City has something for you.
Louisville, Kentucky, was named the top U.S. destination for 2013, following travel publisher Lonely Planet's discussions among its group of U.S. editors and authors. While they tend to debate entries into each year's Top 10 list, everyone agreed on Louisville, said Reid.
While many horse lovers descend upon this Southern town the first Saturday in May to witness the Kentucky Derby, also known as the "greatest two minutes in sports," there's more to Louisville than one horse race. With its hip bourbon scene (including microdistilleries), fine dining and emerging East Market District, also known as NuLu, Louisville may just be the new Portland, Oregon, Reid said. Consider exploring the city via the Urban Bourbon Trail for a powerful introduction to Kentucky's famous spirit.
Celebrate Kentucky’s rich history by taking a tour of the area’s best bourbon distilleries and bars – including the Bar at BLU – or see some of the city’s signature sights. Spend an afternoon exploring one of Louisville’s challenging golf courses before heading out for a night of live entertainment. Make plans to attend the pride and joy of Louisville – the Kentucky Derby. All of this is at your fingertips at Marriott Downtown, the best Louisville travel hotel for unforgettable vacations.