Louisville receives 40+ accolades from national outlets in 2023

It’s been a banner year, Louisville

Louisville Skyline

In 2023, Louisville got its flowers and then some.

Photo by Louisville Tourism

Look what we can do, Louisville.

Like a popular kid in high school, Louisville’s 2023 yearbook is filled with superlatives. Derby City was featured on 42 different “best of” lists this year, and we’re breaking down some of our favorites:

A town for all seasons

“Winter, spring, summer or fall, all LOU has to do is call... No matter the time of year, Derby City has something to offer.

  • “12 Underrated Winter Getaways Across the U.S., According to Travelers” — Explore.com
  • “The Best Places to Travel in May in the U.S.” — TripAdvisor
  • “14 Affordable Vacation Destinations for Summer” — Trips to Discover
  • “21 Best U.S. Cities for Fall Travel”— Travel + Leisure
Galmae-gisal at Nami in Louisville, Kentucky.

Galmae-gisal, a traditional pork dish from South Korea, is one of the offerings at Nami, which has received national acclaim.

Photo by Tyler Kline (@sound_assembler)

Foodies R’ Us

We all know River City has tons of great places to chow down, and the rest of the world is starting to realize that too.

Additionally, 12 local bars + restaurants were individually recognized this year.

Louisville love

You had us at hello.

  • “10 Most Underrated Romantic Destinations Around the Globe” — Travel Pulse
  • “47 Romantic Getaways in the U.S. to Fall in Love With” — AAA
  • “Most Romantic Cities in America” — 24/7 Wall St.

Ballin’ out

We’d call racking up these sports accolades a home run.

  • “The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit for Sports Fanatics” — Best Life
  • “21 Summer Vacation Destinations for Sports Fans” — Sports Engine
  • “Best Cities for College Basketball Fans” — WalletHub
paristown ice skating

Attractions like Fete de Noel in Paristown make Louisivlle a great place to spend the holidays.

Photo by Michael Getz

Happy holidays

Santa Claus is comin’ to town — and so should you.

  • “Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving 2023” — WalletHub
  • “The Best Holiday Travel Destination in Each State” — Travel Pulse
  • “Best Winter Holiday Destinations 2023” — WalletHub
  • “Best Cities for New Year’s” — WalletHub

Keep Louisville Weird

It wouldn’t be Louisville if it wasn’t also recognized for being offbeat, would it?

  • “The Most Hippie Town in All 50 States” — Thrillist
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