Louisville is world-renowned for being home to America's most exciting two minutes of sport each year: the Kentucky Derby. It graces the famed Churchill Downs racetrack annually in early May, bringing with it a dazzling display of thoroughbred racehorses and a deafening soundtrack of thundering hooves.
However, it's not all this lively city on the banks of the Ohio River has to offer. Louisville also offers scores of fine restaurants and a diverse arts community, boasting some of America's most beautiful parks and renowned art and science museums.
It's definitely a city of good caste, with more than 2,500 restaurants serving an astounding variety of cuisines, ranging from sleepy cafés and coffee houses to ethnic restaurants and gourmet palaces.
The city is big on the national sporting map, too, being the home of the famed Louisville Slugger, and baseball fans flock to the downtown museum dedicated to the 'Official Bat of Major League Baseball'.
This, together with some exciting attractions like an indoor forest, a restored old sternwheeler river boat, an excellent zoo and a thrilling amusement park, makes Louisville a perfect family holiday destination, set in the very heart of America.