The city was one of 52 must-see destinations spotlighted, which included cities and regions around the globe, such as London, Istanbul, Taipei and Madrid. The New York Times says Louisville’s Bourbon and LGBTQ scenes make it a hot spot for travelers. It also gave a shoutout to upcoming events, such as the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby and the opening of the NuLu neighborhood’s Hotel Genevieve.
“We are proud to be recognized by The New York Times as a destination admired for its art, beauty, and inclusivity,” said Cleo Battle, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism. “This is a great way to kick off 2023, a year that we expect to be one of the best in Louisville Tourism’s history and the best we have had since the pandemic began.”
Here’s what The New York Times had to say:
“One of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains, and arguably among the most beautiful, Louisville somehow flies under the radar. This despite its graceful 19th-century park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and its bourbon-fueled convivial spirit.
Today, it’s L.G.B.T.Q. the scene is also thriving, with hot spots like Chill Bar and Play Dance Bar, which hosts regular drag nights featuring touring artists. (The city has also earned top marks from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index for seven years and is home to two new L.G.B.T.Q. community centers.) This spring brings Hotel Genevieve from the Texas-based Bunkhouse Group, which offers Louisville-inspired touches like décor that pays homage to the city’s rich quilting heritage, an on-site market selling work from local artists and an art garden with rotating murals and bourbon selections from neighboring Rabbit Hole Distillery.
Make plans for 2023 because the city might not stay below the radar much longer: 2024 will draw the masses for the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby.”
To check out the full list, visit: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/travel/52-places-travel-2023.html
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