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Five of Louisville's most unique features and characteristics.The Kentucky Derby
The Run for the Roses. The two most exciting minutes in sports. The fastest two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville and is preceded by the two week festival, which includes a parade, hot-air balloon races, a steamboat race, concerts on the waterfront, and the largest annual fireworks show in North America (Thunder Over Louisville). The city takes on an "anything goes" attitude on Derby weekend, and those who don't attend the Derby watch the race on TV at Derby parties. While tickets for seats are expensive and difficult to get, general admission costs $40 and grants access to the paddock area and the infield. The infield is a picnic and a party (a wild one), but you can still participate in all the Derby traditions: hats, mint juleps, betting, and singing "My Old Kentucky Home" before the race.
Bourbon is a whiskey that must be made from a grain mixture containing at least 51% corn, and although bourbon can be made anywhere in the US, it's long been associated with Kentucky. While you can venture about the state on the Bourbon Trail, Louisville offers a more compact version: the Urban Bourbon Trail....
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Poised on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville blends small-town charm with urban sophistication. The city's claim to fame is the Kentucky Derby. The race at Churchill Downs has been a national event for more than 120 years. Many of us first learned of the city from a baseball bat. Today, the rebuilt Louisville Slugger Factory is another major draw. The city itself has been revitalized with a bustling riverfront district that features the inviting Riverfront Plaza. Tourists may take scenic river cruises aboard The Belle or The Star. Louisville is also blessed with a dynamic arts scene, featuring the Kentucky Center for the Arts, as well as several fine museums and annual festivals. For dining, the city offers about 2,500 restaurants, highlighted by the festive "Restaurant Row" on the Bardstown Road corridor.