Downtown Louisville

The city of Louisville is no stranger to accolades. In 2018, for example, Louisville was ranked as one of the top 15 cities in the country attracting the most millennials, as well as one of the best cities for new graduates. 

Just two months into 2019, the city has had to clear its mantel to make room for even more distinctions, including:

  • One of “8 Underappreciated American Cities You Need To Check Out This Year.” Thrillist recognizes Louisville’s revitalized neighborhoods, like Butchertown, as well as its whiskey and music festivals. 
  • “20 Of The Top Places To Visit In The U.S. In 2019.” TripAdvisor writes that Louisville is “a colorful Southern city that’s only growing better with time.” TripAdvisor has also named the Derby City as one of the “7 Rising U.S. Cities That Should Be On Your 2019 Bucket List.” 
  • OpenTable calls Louisville one of the 25 most romantic cities in the country, citing its extensive culinary scene. 
  • Expedia has Louisville listed as one of its “awesome one-week vacation destinations,” thanks to the Parklands of Floyds Fork, as well as its proximity to Cave City and, of course, its bourbon scene. 

Some of Louisville’s biggest gems have also been recognized on their own so far this year, including Churchill Downs, Valhalla golf course, Jeff Ruby’s steakhouse, the Brown Hotel and the new Omni Hotel. 

Also, in January, CNBC recognized Louisville for being one of the top 10 U.S. cities with the happiest workers. This bodes well for President Neeli Bendapudi’s mission of making the University of Louisville a great place to work.

Alicia Kelso
Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.