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Louisville Kentucky

Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky.

This city is home to over 17,000 hotel rooms- more than 100 hotels ranging from boutique properties to brands such as Crown Plaza, Hyatt, Marriott and Hilton and with two first class convention centers, this city offers a fantasic location for a conference or convention. The Kentucky Exposition Center has over one million square feet, all on one level, is one of the 10 most spacious public convention centers in the country and 26,000 visitors can pour into the facility's two arenas simultaneously while meetings commence in the 54 meeting rooms.

And, the 300,000 square foot Kentucky International Convention Center contains a ballroom of 30,000 square feet and meeting rooms with various capacities while enjoying 2,300 first class hotel rooms connected via the skywalk, and 3,800 total rooms within walking distance. Both facilities offer attractive settings and state of the art amenities flexible for large scale events.

Other interesting meeting facilities you may find as possibilities are Churchill Downs for a taste of the city's horse racing culture, offering banquet space for up to 54 guests in the Jockey Club Suites or a reception styled for up to 400 people in the Jockey Club Grand Foyer. The Frazier History Museum, offers an elegant roof garden and space for groups ranging from 150 to 500 people; Glassworks, a one-of-a-kind facility featuring glassblowing studios and galleries, is a fun spot for cocktails on the roof garden or a glassblowing demonstration followed by a reception in its foyer. How about a few restored historical sites, the 1928 movie theater Louisville Palace to the exquisite mansion housing the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum.

For outdoor lovers, the Louiseville Zoo, or Falls of the Ohio State Park it a perfect fit which features 220 acres of exposed fossil beds. Another event venue idea, the Belle of Louisville is a steamboat owned and operated by the city of Louisville at its downtown wharf next to the Riverfront Plaza-Belvedere. This steamboat named Belle, can accommodate group functions of up to 650 guests. Passengers will be able to explore the entire historic vessel, both inside and out. A Dockside function that includes the wharf area as part of the venue is an option that The Belle can also host. The vessel is air-conditioned and heated on the Ballroom Deck, making her available for charter year-round.

Louisville has blossomed as a center for independent art, music and business at Bardstown Road, an area located in the heart of the Highlands. Bardstown Road is known for its cultural diversity and local trade. The majority of the businesses along Bardstown Road, such as coffee shops, clothing stores and art galleries, are locally owned and operated businesses. This strip of Bardstown Road about a mile long constitutes much of the city's culture and diverse lifestyle.

Today, Louisville is moving towards a business hub for the health care and medicine industry, and two of the Fortune 500 companies located in the city are medical in nature: Kindred Healthcare Incorporated and Humana. Other Fortune 500 companies include Yum! Brands, Inc. Louisville offers a number of universities and colleges, including University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Spalding University and Sullivan University.

Stop by the Muhammad Ali Center, an $80 million tribute to the legend, his values of confidence and dedication, view videos of his fights and boxing memorabilia. Louisville was home to the largest distillery in the world, and many thriving bourbon distilleries still call the city home. The Urban Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail are great ways to explore a little bit of Louisville's cultural history, while sampling some of this popular liquor along the way. Take in Churchill Downs in May to experience the exciting Kentucky Derby horse race, or learn about the history at the exhibits while visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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