Louisville, Kentucky

Located on the Kentucky-Indiana border and set on the scenic Ohio River, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby. The city is also Kentucky's largest, and best known for its bourbon, bluegrass and bars, which lend it a great nightlife. A self-drive vacation can be had at a great price by checking national travel deals for your rental car.

Getting there

Louisville International Airport receives traffic from across the country with several daily flights to and from Lexington; although if youеre on a long haul flight, youеll probably have to go through Atlanta or New York City. Amtrak trains run to and from Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC and New York, as well as Lexington. Major interstate highways converge on Louisville from all directions I-64 runs east-west; I-65 runs north-south; I-71 approaches from the northeast; and I-264 and I-265 ring the city. The ring roads make car rental a convenient option for getting around.

Key attractions

Churchill Downs is the venue for the Kentucky Derby, held on the first Saturday every May, and the excellent Kentucky Derby Museum. Other high profile races run throughout the season if youеre unsuccessful in getting tickets for the Derby. Other attractions include the 6 mile Riverwalk, with its museums and shops, the Muhammad Ali Centre, and Babe Ruthеs bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum.

Out and about

Best known for its thoroughbred horses, bourbon, basketball and natural beauty, Lexington is a short drive to the east. Free tours of the famous distilleries can be had, while the unique Bluegrass music can be enjoyed in the cityеs bars. For a superb scenic drive with your rental car, head southeast to the Daniel Boone National Forest, the highlight of which is the impressive Natural Bridge State Park, with its huge sandstone arch.

Leisure options

For a unique shopping experience, visit some of Louisville's historic buildings that have been converted into shopping and dining complexes. Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Park has an array of hair-raising rides and attractions. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer such as hiking, swimming and rock climbing at the Daniel Boone National Forest. By arranging your car rental after checking rates on national travel deals, youеll be able to same money as well as time.


Driving for long distances can increase the risk of having an accident, while certain recreational activities, such as rock-climbing, are also a risk. You would not want to be without medical cover if something unfortunate were to occur. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance for you and your family when visiting Louisville.


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