The charm and quirk of Louisville, Kentucky

Written by on July 15, 2012 in Americas, Blog, Kentucky - 10 Comments

“Louisville is so cute!” I coo to Erica as we drive through the giant, tree-lined streets. “It reminds me of Atlanta!”

While totally out of the way on our road trip, I included Louisville on the route for two reasons: one, because one of my good friends live there; and two, because it was a place I had considered living when I returned from my long-term travel. Of course, Las Vegas won out, but it was the only other place I wanted to go. Even without seeing it first.

Aside from visiting Churchill Downs, seeing the city through the eyes of a local is something both Erica and I want to do. Thankfully, my friend Karen and her fiancé volunteer to take us on a little exploration of the city.

We head to West Main Street to explore the quaint and charming city.

A street in Downtown Louisville, Kentucky

A piece of street are in Louisville, Kentucky

Another photo of Downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Located on Main Street is the Louisville Slugger Museum. With record attendance two-years in a row, today there is a crowd of people outside. Inside, they will learn about the history of the museum, as well as tour the factory and more.

The entrance to the Louisville Slugger Museum

A stack of bats on display inside the Louisville Slugger Museum

The machines to make bats inside the Louisville Slugger Museum

Just outside the museum is the World’s Largest Baseball Bat — a must for photos.

The World's Largest Bat, Louisville Slugger, in Louisville, Kentucky

And then, there is the quirk. Erected in May 2012 in front of the popular 21 C Museum Hotel, this Statue of David is a replica of the infamous Italian one. Standing at 30-feet tall, the enormous gold figure is not easy to miss.

The Statue of David in Louisville, Kentucky

Another perspective of the Louisville, Kentucky's Statue of David

A look from the back at Louisville, Kentucky's Statue of David

My favorite part of Louisville, though, it what lays outside of the main streets — the homes. Gorgeous, palatial homes dripping in Southern charm can be found here, complete with front porches to take in the summer nights.

A home in Louisville, Kentucy

Have you visited Louisville? What were your favorite spots?

Editor’s Note: This post is a part of the #winosontheroad series. Over Yonderlust and d travels ’round went road tripping and exploring America from Colorado to Maryland in June 2012. Be sure to check out all of the posts of life on the open road.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is a former career breaker and long term solo traveler. Today, she helps promote responsible elephant tourism and is the co-founder of #RTTC, a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. When she isn’t writing, Diana handles the PR and social media for Save Elephant Foundation, which runs the popular Elephant Nature Park. Her writing as appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

10 Comments on " The charm and quirk of Louisville, Kentucky "

  1. Jeremy Branham July 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm · Reply

    I love Louisville Slugger. Definitely would be the # stop on this list. The statue of David looks really fake and artificial so not too impressed with it. Would like to see Churchill Downs even though I am not a big fan of horse racing.

    • Diana July 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm · Reply

      The statue did look fake, but I loved how random it is! I’m not a big fan of racing either, but it was cool to visit it and see it.

  2. Craig Makepeace July 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm · Reply

    I’m impressed. Looks really nice and I love all things sport. When I finally move back to NC will have to check it out.

    Vegas or Louisville?? Seems an odd contest :)

    • Diana July 16, 2012 at 12:03 am · Reply

      It is a very odd contest!! Definitely check it out!

  3. Ryan at Travel and Graphs July 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm · Reply

    Always wanted to visit Louisville! Have heard from friends that it’s a very fun place to be.

    • Diana July 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm · Reply

      I really enjoyed my time there!

  4. Rease July 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm · Reply

    That pink house (more like mansion!) is so cute. I just want to drink pink lemonade on the porch.

    • Diana July 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm · Reply

      Right?!?!

  5. Waegook Tom July 18, 2012 at 8:50 am · Reply

    You and Erica need to stop with these posts already, you’re messing up my plans for the USA hahaha! Well, not messing up, but making it a whole lot more difficult! I’d be tempted to go to Louisville if only to take some amusingly smutty photos with the giant gold David, and maybe attempt to get squatter’s rights in the home in your last image.

    • Diana July 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Reply

      Smutty photos with David are a must!!! Wait until I start to write about Thailand.(Don’t worry, I have plenty of recos for places to stay when you come to visit here!)

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