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Adam Richman's Guide to Louisville

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Louisville, Kentucky is located on the Ohio River in the north-central part of the state near the Falls of Ohio. It's the largest city in Kentucky and has more than 740,000 residents. The settlement that became the city was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France. Thomas Jefferson signed the town's first charter in 1780. Today the city of Louisville is best known for hosting the Kentucky Derby, the first of the three races that make up the Triple Crown, the Louisville Slugger, bourbon and the Hot Brown.

Adam Richman got to experience both the Kentucky Derby and the Hot Brown during his visit for Man v. Food Nation. Adam and the crew started at The Brown Hotel, home of the original Hot Brown, an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce. He went on to coach Joe Nikolai, aka “Burrito Joe,” through the Comfy Cow Challenge: 15 heaping scoops of ice cream plus toppings! Then it was over to Churchill Downs for post time.

As you are planning your trip to Louisville, Kentucky, keep in mind our recommendations for where to stay, eat and go.

How to Get There
There are several options for traveling to Louisville:

Driving
Louisville is very accessible by car and three major interstates -- I-65, I-71 and I-64 -- all intersect in the city.

Flying

Most of the major airlines fly into the Louisville International Airport with over 100 flights daily. Once you land you can rent a car, take a bus or taxi into the city.

Taking a Bus

There is a bus station in the city that is serviced by the Greyhound bus line. Depending on where you are coming from you may have to transfer buses to ultimately get to Louisville.
Address: 720 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203
Getting Around
Once you arrive getting around the city is easy. Here are some options:

Cars
You can rent a car at the airport or drive to the city so your own car is at your disposal. The Parking Authority of River City (PARC) provides public parking. The city has 16 garages, 5 lots and 15,000 other spaces.

Buses
The Transit Authority of River City provides bus service for the Greater Louisville area with many different routes. You can find a detailed route map and schedule at their website.

Bikes
Biking is another popular way to get around and Bike Louisville is a government-supported project to make it safe and enjoyable for riders.
Where to Go
Here is just a small sampling of the things to do in Louisville:

Louisville Zoo

The zoo is in its 43rd year and is home to more than 1,700 animals. The zoo prides itself on its work in education, conservation and science. The zoo has a Gorilla Forest, Glacier Run, Tiger Tundra, Islands and Lorikeet Landing.
Address: 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213
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Churchill Downs

Opened in 1875, the racetrack started with three major stakes races -- the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap -- all of which are still held today. Races can be watched via a general admission area or a reserved area.
Address: Gate 1, Rodman & Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40214
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Kentucky Derby Museum
For those who want an inside look at Churchill Downs the museum offers tours of the racetrack as well as the barns. The museum has exhibits on the Kentucky Derby, horse racing, being a jockey and horses. There are also special areas like this year's exhbit for legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker.
Address: 704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
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Belle of Louisville
Both the Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson do public lunch and dinner cruises that include meal/bar, dancing and a narrated tour. Special event cruises are held throughout the year and the boats can be rented for groups like weddings,reunions, field trips, etc. The Belle of Louisville is 95 and used to transport passengers up and down the Ohio River.
Address: 401 West River Rd, Louisville, KY 40202
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Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
For those fans of baseball, this place is a must. It is home to the largest baseball bat standing 120 feet tall and weighing in at 68,000 pounds. It also has Babe Ruth's bat complete with the notches from his 60-home-run season of 1927. The history of the bats along with information about and memorabilia from the players who used them. During the factory tour you can see how the bats are made and then try them out in the batting cage.
Address: 800 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202
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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Said to be one of the most haunted locations in the world, Waverly Hills opened in 1910 as a safe place for tuberculosis patients and later went on to be a medical services center for elderly patients. It was closed in 1980. Today you can tour the facility as well as do overnight paranormal investigations. In fact, Paranormal Challenge recently visited there for one of its episodes.
Address: 4400 Paralee Lane Louisville, KY 40272
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Muhammad Ali Center
This center acts as both a tribute to Muhammad Ali as well as a way to inspire visitors to embrace the six core values that the boxer believes in -- respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality. The exhibits and multimedia presentations showcase Ali's life and career.
Address: 144 N. Sixth Street Louisville, KY 40202
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The Kentucky Show
This 32 minute movie captures the people, culture, history  and spirit of the state. It is set to wonderful music and is narrated by Ashley Judd.
Address: 501 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
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St James Square
This area is part of Old Louisville and has historic districts and homes that are a must-see.
Address: St. James Court & West Magnolia Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
Where to Eat
Try these restaurants during your visit to Louisville:

J. Graham's
Located in the Brown Hotel, this bistro-style restaurant is the home of the original "Hot Brown." Open for breakfast and lunch, the Cafe offers guests an a la carte menu or full buffet including soups, salads, entrees and desserts.
Address: 700 W. Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
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Jack Fry's Restaurant
This is the place for more upscale dining. Diners seem to love the lamb and scallops. Live Jazz plays during the dinner service. Reservations are recommended.
Address:
1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204-1317
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Mark's Feed Store

This chain is known for their BBQ and sauces.
Address:
11422 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY
1514 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY
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Toast on Market
This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Foods like omelettes, pancakes, eggs and french toast are available all day.
Address:
736 E. Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
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Lynn's Paradise Cafe

The cafe is a breakfast staple in the city and it is known for its interesting art and decorations. Adam Richman heads here for the Triple B French Toast -- a homemade buttermilk, black walnut bread with a homemade blackberry sauce and bourbon meringue.
Address
: 984 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204
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Proof on Main
Located inside the 21c Museum Hotel, this restaurant is known for dishes that combine the traditions of Italy and the American South. Patrons come to taste the food from Chef Michael Paley.
Address:
702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
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The Comfy Cow
From shakes to sundaes to pies, this dessert place is also the location of the Man v. Food Nation challenge.
Address: 1301 Herr Ln, Suite 118, Louisville, KY 40222
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Where to Stay
From bed and breakfasts to upscale hotels, here are some recommendations for lodging.

The Brown Hotel
Address
: 335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
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Fairfield Inn and Suites Louisville North
Address
: 619 North Shore Dr, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
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21c Museum Hotel
Address:
700 W. Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
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Embassy Suites Louisville
Address: 9940 Corporate Campus Dr, Louisville, KY 40223
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Central Park Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1353 S. 4th St, Louisville, KY
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Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Address: 1022 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203
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