Essentials for visiting Louisville: more than a horse race

April 2, 2015 2:07 PM

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When the azaleas and dogwoods burst into springtime bloom, thoughts in Louisville turn to parties, fashion and fast horses in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby. This city along the Ohio River spends weeks celebrating a two-minute horse race on the first Saturday in May. It has a growing reputation as a foodie destination, with fare ranging from corn dogs and turkey legs at the Chow Wagon during Derby season to creative cuisine in trendy neighborhoods. This is bourbon country, so cocktails featuring the signature whiskey are staples. In the downtown museum district, visitors can reconnect with Muhammad Ali's boxing career or watch slabs of wood turn into Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Here's a look.

The Big Four Bridge connecting Kentucky and Indiana has become a popular destination since opening last year, allowing people to walk or jog from one side of the Ohio River to the other. The bridge offers panoramic views of the river and downtown, and at night the span is illuminated by color-changi...

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