Welcome to Louisville
Louisville is a dynamic city brimming with Southern draws. It is the largest city in the state and has a rich history. Named after King Louis XVI of France, the city was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, making it one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains. Today, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby, the University of Louisville and several athletic teams. For business travelers, it's helpful to know that three of Kentucky's six Fortune 500 companies are situated here. Whatever time of year you visit, you'll come across a warm, temperate climate. Temperatures peak in the 90s during the summer and average in the 30s in the winter.
To explore downtown, many visitors like to walk around or take public transportation via the bus system, TARC. Look for the green trolleys operated by TARC - they are free and provide relatively easy transport without the headache of driving down one-way streets. Beyond the grid-like downtown, it can be challenging to see all of the sights at the Highlands and Clifton/Crescent Hill, two neighborhoods adjacent to downtown, so you might want to rent a car to avoid steep cab fares.