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Louisville Best of the City

Read About My Favorite Things in Louisville


In 2009, the National Geographic Traveler website posted a questionnaire for people to fill out about their favorite cities, and of course I chose to fill in my answers with the Louisville best. Read on to see my answers to the questionnaire (answers are hyperlinked):

Louisville is My City.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Churchill Downs.

When I crave sushi, I always go to Kansai Japanese Steakhouse.

To escape capitalism, I head out to the First Friday Trolley Hop.

If I want to wander through an art museum at midnight, I go to the 21C Museum Hotel Art Gallery.

For complete quiet, I can hide away in Cherokee Park.

If you come to my city, get your picture taken with Colonel Sanders's grave.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from Bristol Bar and Grille, it has to be Artichoke Fritters.

Ear X-Tacy is my one-stop shop for great CDs.

Locals know to skip Fourth Street Live and check out Bardstown Road instead.

When I'm feeling cash-strapped, I go to Book and Music Exchange.

For a huge splurge, I go to the English Grill at the Brown Hotel.

Photo ops in my city include the 120 ft. tall Louisville Slugger Museum bat, and the best vantage points are around the museum on Main Street.

If my city were a celebrity, it would be Johnny Depp: brilliant, but a little weird.

The most random thing about my city is that 90% of the disco balls in the U.S. are made in Louisville.

In my city, an active day outdoors involves running, swimming, and biking the Ironman Louisvile triathlon or running the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon.

My city's best museum is the Speed Art Museum.

My favorite jogging/walking route is the Cherokee Park pedestrian loop.

For a night of dancing, go to The Connection. Or, for live music, check out Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Spinelli's Pizzeria is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what's going on at night and on the weekends, check out the About.com Louisville Event Calendar.

You can tell a lot about my city from the Louisville Independent Business Alliance "Keep Louisville Weird" campaign.

In the spring, you should go to the Kentucky Derby.

In the summer, you should catch a free concert .

In the fall, you should do the First Friday Trolley Hop.

In the winter, you should head up to Paoli Peaks for skiing.

A hidden gem in my city is La Rosita Mexican Restaurant in New Albany.

For a great breakfast joint, try Lynn's Paradise Café.

Don't miss the Kentucky Derby Festival in April.

Just outside my city, you can visit Corydon: Indiana's first capitol.

The best way to see my city is from the top of Iroquois Park.

When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is the Happy Birthday song.

If you have kids, you won't want to miss the Louisville Zoo.

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