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Four Painfully Accurate Facts About Louisville

As a Louisvillian for 10 years, I've learned a few things about Louisville that travel guides tend to leave out.

1) Pack your allergy medicine. A combination of location and weather pattern cause this region of the country to bring allergy sufferers to their knees. Don't have allergies? Be warned: You develop allergies if you stay too long since the pollen is so diverse and we're located at the bottom of a valley. No one is safe.

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2) Speaking of weather, it is absolutely frustrating. Sweltering summers and bipolar winters, plus, no one possesses the ability to drive in the rain or snow. But don't ask a local to explain the weather. You'll be constantly reminded, "it's not the heat, it's the humidity!", as if we even carry a torch to Florida summers.

3) Horse racing, and subsequent betting*, is extremely fun. While the Kentucky Derby tends to be the only real name (aside from KFC) the world associates to Louisville, Churchill Downs is host to daily events for a majority of the year. One can head to the track for cheap general admission and bets that start at $0.30. *But interestingly enough, gambling is illegal in the state.

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4) Louisville has an obsession with fried chicken, but do not assume it revolves around KFC. In a one mile radius, you can find more than a dozen fast food joints dedicated solely to chicken: Raising Canes, Zaxby's, Chick-fil-A, Joella's, Royals, Lee's, etc... Play a game of “Ask a Local Which Chicken is Better?” and be prepared for a hot chicken debate.

Regardless of your stance on fried chicken or weather patterns, Louisville is a thriving playground for families and singles alike. With Google Fiber moving in and severl fun neighborhoods to explore, Louisville is a must-see location in the U.S. 

TravelBrianna Ellis