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Louisville tops national travel lists

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A community full of eclectic style and unique culture lands Louisville on two top travel lists. 

That community includes people like poet and artist Daniel Horton, who demonstrated one of his artworks to WDRB's Gilbert Corsey, explaining, "This is all recycled wood from the Highlands...So I paint it clean it and bring it to life."

It also includes a nationally acclaimed gourmet restaurant with roots dating back to a generation long ago.  Brad Jennings, the General Manager of Jack Fry's, explains, "Locals like to bring in their guests and show them the city and people that have heard about us and seen us also."

The culture and landscape leaps out at you in the Highlands.  It's just one of the reasons Louisville's been named the top vacation spot by Lonely Planet and why AOL Travel is calling the city the best place to start a road trip.

Deborah Boyer and John Guthrie, who were dining recently at Papalinos, an award-winning pizza restaurant, agree:  "The press is just picking up on what's already happened," Boyer says,  while Guthrie says, "I think we're doing great stuff in Louisville and while they're nice, I don't think they're totally credible."

Boyer says, "Ultimately, it's immaterial because the ranking that matters to me is my friends love to come here. People like to do things here. We're spending too much time worrying about, hey we're great because someone says we're great. Let's just be who we are."

Some other things that help the city earn recognition are national championship basketball, a Sugar Bowl win in football, and bars that stay open until 4 a.m.

Tourism officials say the city can capitalize on that:  Jim Woods, President of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, says, "Having recognition and national recognition and the awards we've achieved really helps us when that vote happens in that board room to help drive convention business into our market."

Louisville has also been recognized by Forbes Magazine for its surprising real estate boom, and by the publication Under 30 CEO as one of the best cities for young entrepreneurs.

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