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Louisville is a driver-friendly city that rarely experiences traffic delays, so you can rent a car and explore the area with ease. Put the Muhammad Ali Center at the top of your itinerary, as well as the Conrad-Caldwell House. The city is also home to bourbon culture, and you’ll get an up-close look at the art of whiskey-making at many distilleries.

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Louisville and beyond: Three destinations by car

Road trips around Louisville encompass history, culture and natural wonders. Here are three destinations to discover by car.

Bardstown

The self-proclaimed Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown boasts nine distilleries within a 20-minute drive of its center. Stop in at the Kentucky Railway Museum and the Kentucky Bourbon University. Travelers used to arrive at the historic Old Talbott Tavern by horse, but you can park your car there to have a meal before you return to Louisville.

Journey time: Around 50 minutes

Distance: Approximately 45 miles

Cincinnati

Cincinnati rests on the banks of the Ohio River, within an easy drive of Louisville. The city is an exciting hub for dining, museum-hopping, and baseball. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum and the American Sign Museum. For sports, catch a game at the Great American Ball Park, and explore the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.

Journey time: Around 90 minutes

Distance: Approximately 100 miles

Mammoth Cave National Park

Take a road trip to discover one of Kentucky’s incredible natural wonders. Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest known cave system, within the Mammoth Cave National Park in the Green River Valley. Park your car for a guided tour of up to 10 miles inside the cave. Then explore the wilderness area via hiking trails, kayaking and horseback riding.

Journey time: Around 90 minutes

Distance: Approximately 90 miles