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Louisville Named One of America's Top 10 Underrated Cities

Friday April 13, 2007

Louisville residents know that their city is among the best-kept secrets in America – a big city with a small-town feel, a community of diverse arts and cultural attractions.

Now, a national travel magazine is telling the world about it.

Shermans Travel has named Louisville one of the “Top 10 Underrated Cities in America.”

“The secret’s out,” Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Our city is a great place to live and to visit.”

The magazine and its website,, placed Louisville No. 5 on its top 10 list.

“The Kentucky Derby may be its claim to fame, but the famous horse race isn’t all Louisville has to offer,” the article states. “Nestled on the banks of the Ohio River, this Southern city has loads of small-town charm, a cosmopolitan riverfront district, a diverse art scene (thanks to the Kentucky Center for the Arts), and a growing foodie market with its own Restaurant Row.

Sports lovers should make a stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum; thrill-seekers, take a ride on the world's longest stand up coaster at Kentucky Kingdom; and history lovers, sip mint juleps on a river cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, a National Historic Landmark.”

Other cities on the Top 10 list are: Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence and Sacramento.

“Everyone knows cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago are among the best in the U.S., but there are many other fabulous — albeit smaller — American cities that just don’t get their fair share of the limelight,” according to Sherman Travel.

“If you’re looking to broaden the scope of your trips to include some less-talked-about places with great art scenes, friendly locals, delectable cuisine, and rich history, add one of our ten most underrated cities to your ‘must-see’ list.”

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