Destination guide

Discover history, culture and the world's best bourbon

Set on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville lives up to its reputation as Kentucky's biggest and most exciting city. It's the home of the legendary Kentucky Derby, one of the most famous thoroughbred horse races on the planet. There are fascinating museums to explore, historic neighborhoods to get lost in and plenty of friendly locals to exchange smiles with. For an authentic experience, why not swap a hotel for a Louisville vacation rentals property? From modern downtown condos to Victorian gems in Old Louisville, there's something for every taste.

Things to do

Dress up for Derby Day

No trip to Louisville is complete without visiting Churchill Downs, the proud home of the Kentucky Derby. You can delve into the history of the races at the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is open throughout the year. The Muhammad Ali Center does a fantastic job at capturing the legacy of Kentucky's most famous son, while culture buffs shouldn't miss the Speed Art Museum. As well as classic and contemporary art, the museum's light filled Grand Atrium and stacked concrete facade are attractions in themselves. After a long day of sightseeing, there's no better place to enjoy an Old Fashioned than the porch of your Louisville vacation rental.

Activities

Sip your way through the Urban Bourbon Trail

Louisville is anchored by a handsome city center where you'll find trendy cafes, farm-to-table restaurants and late-night bourbon bars. Some of the best picks are found in the lively Highlands neighborhood, also known as Restaurant Row. Bourbon lovers shouldn't miss the chance to sip their way through the Urban Bourbon Trail. Filled with micro distilleries and craft cocktail bars, it's a delicious way to discover the city's love for American whiskey. For shopping, head to tree-lined Frankfort Avenue. It runs through Crescent Hill and is lined with historic homes, coffee houses and independent boutiques.

Weather

Gear up for the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports"

Planning to be in town for the Kentucky Derby? As well as planning a race-worthy outfit, be sure to secure Louisville vacation rentals well in advance. The race is held on the first Saturday in May and is widely considered the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports". Summer is a beautiful time to visit, with long days and balmy nights. Fall is also stunning, when Louisville treats visitors to crisp air and a blanket of golden leaves.

Natural features

Discover green space in the heart of Louisville

Louisville is part of Kentucky's outerÊBluegrass region, which is known for rearing some of the world's finest thoroughbred race horses. While the city itself is urbanized, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For a breath of fresh air, why not escape to the Louisville Nature Center? It's home to the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve which is laces with forested hiking trails. For locals, the Louisville Waterfront Park is an urban sanctuary. Once anÊindustrial wasteland, the reclaimed district is now a haven of grassy lawns, tree shaded walking paths, adventure playgrounds and feature fountains.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Louisville

Fly into Louisville, KY (SDF-Louisville Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Louisville, KY (LOU-Bowman Field), which is 5.3 mi (8.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Louisville?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 722 vacation rentals near Louisville. From 494 Houses to 28 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Louisville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Louisville?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Louisville:

  • Downtown: 118 vacation rentals
  • Old Louisville: 99 vacation rentals
  • Germantown: 80 vacation rentals
  • Cherokee Triangle: 131 vacation rentals
  • Highlands: 70 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Louisville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Louisville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kentucky Exposition Center: 694 vacation rentals
  • Churchill Downs: 691 vacation rentals
  • Fourth Street Live: 693 vacation rentals
  • Kentucky International Convention Center: 694 vacation rentals
  • Louisville Mega Cavern: 694 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Louisville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Louisville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 494 Houses in Louisville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Louisville include:

  • Cabins: 28 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 168 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Louisville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 70 vacation rentals with pool available in Louisville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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