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06/27/2019

Summer Break Hits Bourbon City

Louisville continues to make a name for itself with national accolades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June. 27, 2019) – As this week marks the start of summer, national media, including a multitude of prominent travel and tourism authorities, singled out Louisville’s sunny disposition affirming the city as one of the “Best Places to Visit this Summer” as well as one of the “More Affordable U.S. Cities to Visit in 2019.”

Louisville’s culinary scene continues to be an attraction, bolstered by Top Chef Kentucky’s filming of the show’s 16th season and accolades including Southern Living’s nod to the city on their list of “South’s Best Food Cities 2019.”

Here is a roundup of some more of the accolades Louisville garnered recently:

Overall

• “Best Weekend Getaways for Families in the U.S.” - USA Today
• “Best Places to Visit this Summer” – WalletHub
• “Coolest New Bachelorette Destinations” – Cosmopolitan 
• “Most Affordable U.S. Cities to Visit in 2019” – TravelAwaits
• “8 Best Spots for Breathtaking Sunsets in America” (Big Four Bridge) – Ecophiles


Eat & Drink

• “The South’s Best Food Cities 2019” – Southern Living
• “8 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. if you Love Bourbon” – Business Insider
• “The South’s Best Coffee Shops” (Please and Thank You) – Southern Living
• “The South’s Best Pizza” (Garage Bar) – Southern Living
• “8 Best Countries for Booze Tourism” – Inside Hook   

Play

• “10 Can’t Miss 2019 Music Festivals” (Forecastle) – Esquire
• “Coolest Speakeasy Bars Across the U.S.” (Pin + Proof) – Ask Men
• “Best Stops on a Minor League Baseball Tour” – CarRentals.com
• “Best Skateparks in the U.S.”  – Board Blazers
• “Best Airport Bars in America” (Book & Bourbon) – Business Insider

Stay

• “South’s Best Hotels 2019” (21c Museum Hotel) – Southern Living   
• “Historic Hotels of America Inductee” (21c Museum Hotel) – Historic Hotels of America
• “South’s Best Hotels 2019” (Brown Hotel) – Southern Living
• “Top Meeting Hotels in the U.S.” (Omni Hotel Louisville) – Cvent

In development news, the Bourbon District is added another distillery in 2019 with the addition of Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery. New developments expected to open in 2019 include Paristowne Pointe and Logan Street Market, along with the first building/phase of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and the Louisville FC Soccer Stadium. These projects will contribute to Louisville’s tourism industry as the area continues to welcome a growing number of annual visitors to Louisville in 2019 and beyond. These national accolades have given travelers even more reasons to consider a trip to Louisville.

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