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Kentucky Derby picture in Louisville
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Mint Julep picture in Louisville
Derby Trophy picture in Louisville
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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory picture in Louisville
Kentucky Derby Museum picture in Louisville
Hat Contest picture in Louisville
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Frazier History Museum picture in Louisville
Angel's Envy picture in Louisville
Muhammad Ali Center picture in Louisville
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Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience picture in Louisville
Pee Wee Reese picture in Louisville
Louisville Barbecue picture in Louisville
21c Museum picture in Louisville
Louisville Mega Cavern picture in Louisville

Churchill Downs is the home of the renowned Kentucky Derby. Louisville Images Flickr

Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks shows in North America, signals the start of spring and the official kickoff to the Kentucky Derby Festival. avocadodigital Getty Images

The mint julep is the drink of choice for Kentucky Derby spectators. Even if you're not in town for the race, you can still imbibe this signature cocktail at several spots around the city. Travelers particularly like the one served at The Brown Hotel. ivanmateev Getty Images

The Kentucky Derby trophy, which is topped by an 18-karat gold horse and rider, is solid gold. jorge Flickr

Upon entering the Louisville Slugger Museum, you'll see the Signature Wall, which features the thousands of signatures that have been burned into a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. John Hyun Flickr

You'll be able to spot the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory by this massive, 68,000-pound bat that leans outside the facility. It's an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth's 34-inch Louisville Slugger bat. Barry Winiker Getty Images

To learn more about the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports," a visit to this museum is a must. Barry Winiker Getty Images

Part of the Kentucky Derby Museum's "It's My Derby" fashion exhibit are the winners of the museum's annual hat contest.  Julie Delio Flickr

Louisville sits pretty on the Ohio River. John J. Miller Photogrpahy Getty Images

Head to Fourth Street in downtown Louisville to get to the Fourth Street Live district, best known for its bars and nightly entertainment. It's also home to several well-known chain restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and T.G.I. Friday's. Barry Winiker Getty Images

The Frazier History Museum's permanent collection includes artifacts that once belonged to politicians and celebrities, Native American warriors, soldiers and frontiersmen. ross6606 Flickr

One of the many distilleries that call Louisville home. John J. Miller Photogrpahy Getty Images

A peek inside the Muhammad Ali Center, which features artifacts, exhibits, films and more from the legend's life before, during and after boxing. Courtesy the Muhammad Ali Center

Recent visitors said that if you love historic homes, you'll enjoy taking a tour of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, an estate in the picturesque Old Louisville neighborhood.  Courtesy the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

To get a taste for the best of Kentucky, consider visiting Louisville in September for its annual Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. Expect plenty of tunes, whiskey and barbecue. Louisville Images Flickr

You'll find this Pee Wee Reese statue outside of Louisville Slugger Field. Reese was a Louisville native who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Barry Winiker Getty Images

Along with bourbon and bluegrass, Louisville is known for its barbecue. Locals and visitors recommend Feast BBQ and Mark's Feed Store. Eugene Mymrin Getty Images

Enjoy some free art on your trip to Louisville when you stop by the 21c Museum Hotel Louisville. You don't have to be a guest of the hotel to peruse its free exhibitions. Sean Davis Flickr

Inside the Louisville Mega Cavern. Recent visitors said the zip line tour is the best way to experience this unique attraction. Courtesy Louisville Mega Cavern

Kentucky Derby picture in Louisville
Thunder Over Louisville picture in Louisville
Mint Julep picture in Louisville
Derby Trophy picture in Louisville
Signature Wall picture in Louisville
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory picture in Louisville
Kentucky Derby Museum picture in Louisville
Hat Contest picture in Louisville
Louisville Skyline picture in Louisville
Fourth Street Live picture in Louisville
Frazier History Museum picture in Louisville
Angel's Envy picture in Louisville
Muhammad Ali Center picture in Louisville
Conrad-Caldwell House Museum picture in Louisville
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience picture in Louisville
Pee Wee Reese picture in Louisville
Louisville Barbecue picture in Louisville
21c Museum picture in Louisville
Louisville Mega Cavern picture in Louisville

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