Best Places to Live

Louisville, KY

Population: 608,732
Antony Boshier

Residents of Louisville, KY, have seen their downtown transform from drab to one of the best entertainment districts in the Southeast. It's the perfect mix of Southern charm and big-city style.

This riverside city's downtown streets are lined with cool museums, historic architecture, swanky shoppes and bargain-filled boutiques. Even the bike racks have an artistic flair, and you can rent bicycles from various rental locations downtown, by the hour or the day. It's pedestrian friendly with plenty of sidewalks, crosswalks, and benches for resting and taking in the view. Louisville is known for its original and diverse food options, and downtown boasts more than its fair share with the likes of Bistro 301, Bristol Bar & Grille, and Proof on Main in the 21C Hotel/Museum, where Happy Hour is truly inspiring.

Fourth Street Live is a popular spot for those seeking the nightlife. This two-block stretch features a mix of restaurants, bars and live music venues including honky tonks and English pubs. The West Main District stays busy during the day with tourists and school groups visiting a collection of museums, galleries and performing arts that include the Frazier International History Museum, Louisville Glassworks, the Louisville Science Center, Muhammad Ali Center and Louisville Slugger Museum.

The Scene: Southern Chic

Louisville, KY also made our Top 10 Beer Cities list.