Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, and each year more than 16 million people flock to the River City to experience all the fun things it offers — from bourbon and bourbon-inspired fare to art galleries, museums, theaters, skate parks and so much more. If you’re visiting Louisville for the first time, it can seem daunting when figuring out where you should stay and what you should see, but you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to discover the top sites in Louisville.
Generally speaking, most of what tourists come to see is located downtown or in nearby neighborhoods. Louisville is home to 10 bourbon distilleries and even more bourbon-related experiences, and a good majority of these fall within the downtown area. Also in this region is where you’ll find most hotels, museums like the famous Louisville Slugger Museum, theaters, restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques and even some parks and a pedestrian bridge.
Louisville is home to many neighborhoods that are rich in culture and have a plethora of things to do, and the good news is it’s a city that is easy to navigate by car. And if you’re downtown, it’s definitely easy to get around on foot, scooter, bike or tuk tuk — but more on that in a bit. Some of the more eclectic Louisville neighborhoods include the Highlands, Old Louisville, Germantown, Butchertown, NuLu and Crescent Hill, to name a few.
If you’re visiting Louisville for the first time, it’s likely you’ll have more on your must-see list than you’ll actually have time for, so we recommend you check out a reputable city sightseeing cruise experience with Bourbon City Cruisers, which can show you dozens of the top sites in Louisville all within a three-hour span. This fleet of three-wheeled tuk tuks offer an immersive cruise that will highlight all the places you’d specifically like to see, plus some off-the-beaten-path gems only a longtime resident knows about.
Whether it’s Louisville history, bourbon, cocktails, notable landmarks or even locally-made beer, Bourbon City Cruisers can customize a sightseeing experience that will check all your boxes and then some.