a tree in a forest: Fall leaves

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Fall leaves

Do you think Louisville is beautiful in the fall?

Well, a well-known travel company thinks so. In fact, it rated Louisville one of the top eight places to see fall colors in the nation.

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Lonely Planet is a travel guide book publisher that frequently rates the best places to do certain things. For its top 8 destinations for fall colors in the U.S., Louisville is ranked among iconic fall hotspots like Vermont and and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina/Virginia.

Here’s how Lonely Planet described Louisville and why it’s a great place to peep the leaves:

“If you’re seeing colors around Louisville, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve sampled too much of the local bourbon. You don’t even need to leave Kentucky’s largest city to enjoy the changing of the seasons. A stroll around the gas-lamp-lit St. James Court and the Old Louisville rows of Victorian-era homes is made all the more atmospheric by the colorful fall foliage.

“Louisville has 50 miles of bike trails along the Ohio River and Floyds Fork, with more in the works as the city completes the long-planned 100-mile Louisville Loop path. A short drive south of the city takes you to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, with over 40 miles of trails open to walkers and bikers, and a canopy tree walk that takes you 70ft up into the trees themselves.”

Leaves are expected to reach peak foliage in Louisville near the end of October.

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