Louisville is a destination on many people’s tourism bucket list; it’s the birthplace of the legendary Muhammad Ali and home to the Kentucky Derby, fantastic bourbon and so much more. Make sure you take advantage of seeing the sights while you’re in town for the 2022 ATA Trade Show. We spoke with Allison Gotting, destination services manager for Louisville Tourism, and asked her about some of her personal favorite Louisville destinations.
Gotting’s favorite thing about Louisville is, well, everything! “North, south, east or west — Louisville’s neighborhoods offer a wealth of attractions and fantastic historic architecture in every direction,” Gotting said. “Much like the boroughs of New York City, Louisville’s neighborhoods each have their own distinct personalities.”
Here’s her list of must-see sections of the city, in her own words:
Tour Louisville's many museums and experiences, like the Muhammad Ali Center. Photo Credit: Muhammad Ali Center
Louisville is home to so many events and experiences. While you’re in town, make sure to check out some of the major stops that are quintessential Louisville. “With more than 120 attractions, Louisville has something for everyone to see and do,” Gotting said. “A great place to start is Louisville’s Museum Row along Main Street, right downtown. Within four walkable blocks, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a variety of attractions.”
Here are more of Gotting’s recommendations, in her own words:
Louisville is also a food lover’s delight. There are plenty of different cuisines and restaurants to choose from, all with different atmospheres and offerings. It wouldn’t be far-fetched for you to stumble upon a restaurant that’s won some pretty impressive accolades. “Louisville is home to over 2,500 independent restaurants which help us receive many culinary accolades annually, including one of the ‘South’s Best Food Cities’ by Southern Living and one of ‘America’s Favorite Cities for Food’ by Travel + Leisure,” Gotting said. “You might even remember seeing Louisville featured on Bravo’s Top Chef show’s 16th season so there’s plenty to satisfy your cravings.”
Here’s her list of restaurant recommendations, in her own words:
Gotting also includes this note:
“Louisville, like the rest of the country, is experiencing staffing challenges. We strongly recommend making restaurant reservations or dining at off-peak hours, as well as checking restaurant hours.”
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Check out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or the Urban Bourbon Trail to experience classic Kentucky Bourbon. Photo Credit: Louisville Tourism
Though many things come to mind when we think of Kentucky, one of the more immediate ones is bourbon. It’s hard to think of Louisville without imagining a glass of authentic Kentucky bourbon. Gotting provides Show attendees with a map of where to experience the classic drink at genuine distilleries and exciting restaurants around town. “While Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Experience is comprised of eight distilleries (including a brandy distillery) within the city limits that are open for public tours and tastings, the Urban Bourbon Trail boasts over 40 bars and restaurants with more than 50 bourbons and bourbon-inspired culinary delights,” she said. “Your goal? Dine or drink at six participating locations to earn yourself an official Urban Bourbon Trailblazer T-shirt from the Louisville Visitor Center. Download your passport to get started.”
Did one of Gotting’s restaurant recommendations catch your eye and you’re wondering how to get there? The ATA shuttle runs from all the hotels in the ATA Hotel Block to the Kentucky Expo Center. There are multiple routes that stop at multiple hotels, so take the opportunity to hop on the shuttle and be dropped off at one of the hotels near your preferred restaurant to experience some of Gotting’s highlighted eateries. Click here to view the full shuttle schedule and routes.
Having the ATA Show in Louisville makes the week more than just a trade show. Spend your business dinners at one of the restaurants listed above or visit one of the recommended destinations and truly experience Louisville. When you head out to the city in just a couple of weeks, make sure you see something unique to Louisville and make #ATA2022 a sightseeing experience and a business trip, all in one.