Louisville Tourism

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Louisville – home to adrenaline pumping Kentucky Derby races, Fried Chicken, Victorian Houses, curious Museums, active nightlife and soul-food cuisine, casts a spell on anyone who visits. Add to do its fresh nature spots, urban places and warm people, and the combination is sure to make you extend your stay!

The city’s history dates back to its foundation in 1778 and derives its name from King Louis the XVI of France (a thankful gesture for the King’s help during Revolutionary War). Soon Louisville spurted a wavelength of its own and in the 19th century the small town transformed into a major shipping port and a crucial place on the trade route map. In spite of America’s Civil War period, the town of Louisville stayed away from the burn of the war. The century also marked the town as a breeding center for horses- supporting its famous Horse-racing tradition.

Today Louisville wears its traditions, history and architecture proudly while keeping up with the 21st century. Whether you want to time-travel and take a walk through the Old Town or want to have a good time at its modern-day hubs, the city guarantees a good time! The Downtown is Louisville’s highlights- museums, galleries, pubs, parks- you name it and downtown has it! And for others who want to see the virgin part of Louisville, the hilly terrains are a welcome escape through the woods.

Tourism in Louisville is owned to its 19th century influences- highly maintained museums, popular annual festivals, electric performing arts, love for sports and its loved-by-all Indie music scene. Arts is second nature to Louisville and more often than not, you will come across innumerable galleries during your walks through the city. The old-world transport system like the colorful Trolleys which meander through streets that hug the 19th century buildings adds to the ‘quintessential Louisville experience’. 

Louisville Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Louisville tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UTC – 5 hours
  • Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: 120 Volts of output. Internet cafes are available and most hotels offer Free Wi-Fi.
  • Languages: English is widely spoken even though people who speak Spanish, German, French, Arabic and African languages is not uncommon.
  • Tipping: Tipping 15 % at restaurants and to drivers is considered acceptable. You can tip a dollar or two to the Bellman or Housekeeper when staying at a hotel.
  • Tourist Traps: Three are no such tourist traps but it is recommended to be alert of burglars and thieves for general safety.


  • Emergency number for safety or medical emergency: 911
  • For non-emergency, police-related matters: 502-574-7111


Facts and Stats for Louisville*

  • Pollution Statistics in Louisville

    Know the pollution level of Louisville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 43.48 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 47.06 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 63.24 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.53 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 29.69 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 33.75 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 32.35 (Low)
  • Louisville: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Louisville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Louisville.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.23 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 49.19 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 57.26 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 49.14 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 33.87 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 48.39 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 64.52 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.39 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.68 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 40.32 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.68 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 61.29 (High)
  • Living in Louisville - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Louisville is 172.83 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 46.87 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 80.02 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 46.96 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.13 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 64.94 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 63.49 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.51 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 127.99 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Louisville

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Louisville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.87 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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