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Into the Kentucky sunshine
Eating and imbibing aside, Louisville is also an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. About eight miles south of downtown is the man-made Louisville Mega Cavern, home to the world's first underground zip line. Along with six different aerial runs – including a side by side racing zip – the former limestone mine also plays host to hour-long tram tours through 17 miles of subterranean corridors.

Within the city limits, officials are in the middle of constructing more than 100 miles of multi-use trails to connect its vast array of parks – there are more than 120 in the metro area alone. On the city's outskirts, an unofficial Bike the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has recently launched, providing an alternative way for visitors to experience Bourbon Country along more lightly travelled roads (and sample a few tasting along the way).

If you visit this autumn, pedal past the new Louisville’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. From 10 October to 2 November this year, 5,000 carved pumpkins will be set out along a quarter-mile trail within the city's 725 acre Iroquois Park. Though definitely worth a view by day, evenings transform the display into a must-see illuminated art show.

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