Signature City Louisville

Dive into Louisville to discover its heritage of baseball and bourbon, and learn about the legendary Kentucky Derby with an exclusive visit to the massive Churchill Downs racetrack.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 22629PRESS
6 days
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At a Glance

Louisville is a classic Southern city with three great pastimes — baseball, bourbon and horseracing. Join local experts as you delve into baseball heritage at a Louisville Slugger factory, and taste the city’s signature smoky bourbon as you learn about the art of distillation. In an exclusive visit, discover the grandeur of Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack where 160,000 people gather every year for the Kentucky Derby. Trace the city’s development from an 18th-century settlement into a bustling Southern metropolis to get a taste for the distinct flavor of Louisville.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking 1-2 miles a day over varied terrain. Standing in museums for lectures. Stairs in historical structures/no elevator.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get an insider’s look at Churchill Downs as you enjoy breakfast at the exclusive Track Kitchen and watch racehorses in their morning workouts.
  • Venture to the new Muhammad Ali Center where you’ll explore the renowned boxer’s life and legacy, and reflect on the impact that individual values, inner strength and character had on his inspirational story.
  • Explore Louisville’s unique blend of old and new architecture, featuring historic Victorian homes and hyper-modern skyscrapers.
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James C Claypool
Dr. James Claypool, professor emeritus of history at Northern Kentucky University, holds a PhD in European history from the University of Kentucky. A well-known public speaker in Kentucky, he has been a featured speaker with the Kentucky Humanities Council for fifteen years. He is a nationally recognized authority on thoroughbred racing, especially the Kentucky Derby, and on Kentucky music and published in both fields. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Park Hills, Kentucky.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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James C Claypool
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