Louisville

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Louisville has been called the northernmost southern city. Closer to Indianapolis and Cincinnati than most of its own state of Kentucky, the city is as firmly rooted in the Midwest as the South, and offers a double dose of Midwestern friendliness and Southern hospitality, with a citizenry and service industry that is unfailingly polite and helpful. Its nickname is the Derby City, for the most famous horse race in the world and longest running major sporting event in the United States, the Kentucky Derby, but it is equally tied to baseball, boxing and bourbon. From the skyscrapers downtown to the Victorian homes in Old Louisville to the galleries and upscale restaurants in the East Market District—Louisville is a city of neighborhoods. It’s the largest city in Kentucky too, and you’d be surprised to find out is the 17th largest city in the nation – surprised because Louisville’s many charms make it feel like a small town.