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Old Louisville is one of America's finest neighborhoods. It is known to have some of the best examples of Victorian architecture in the entire country and walking along its charming streets is always a delight. The area roughly encompasses the area between Broadway in the north to Cardinal Boulevard at the University of Louisville in the south. Along the parallel 2nd, 3rd and 4th Streets visitors will see many preserved Italianate, Romanesque and Queen Anne homes and buildings, one of note is the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Other gems within the district are St. James Court, Belgravia Court and Central Park, where it literally feels as if you've traveled back to 1870.
The historic part of West Main Street runs from 2nd Street to 9th Street and it's one of the oldest streets in Louisville. It has been here since the inception of the city in 1788 and it's quite possibly one of the most visited areas in town. Here visitors will find the Frazier International History Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Louisville Science Center and many other attractions. A walk between 6th and 9th Streets offers pedestrians architectural eye-candy with wonderful cast-iron facades on some buildings, reminiscent of those in New York City's Soho, the only difference is that parking is easier to find here.
Frankfort Avenue is a thoroughfare that starts in the suburb of St. Matthews and ends at the conjunction with Brownsboro Road near the Ohio River. Along the way, visitors will find many hip restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, bakeries and much, much more. Most of the shops are locally owned and operated; in fact, there is nary a trace of a big-box store. The Avenue also traverses through the historic, charming neighborhoods of Crescent Hill and Clifton, which are treasures in themselves.