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5 Reasons to Pack up the Car and Take a Weekend Trip to Louisville

Featured image by Noah Rough, courtesy of Go To Louisville

From bold, thought-provoking artwork to outdoor adventures and exclusive, too-good-to-pass-up offers, Louisville has every excuse you need to escape for a weekend getaway.

1. Andy Warhol exhibition at Speed Art Museum


Head to the Speed Art Museum and find yourself mesmerized by the bright and eclectic colors of Andy Warhol: Revelation. Revelation features over 150 objects from The Andy Warhol Museum’s permanent collection, including archival materials, drawings, paintings, prints, and film, comprehensively examining the Pop artist’s complex Catholic faith in relation to his artistic production.

On view now thru November 29, 2020. Galleries open Friday 3-8p and Saturday-Sunday 11a-5p. Reservations required. Reserve your visit here.

2. New Art at 21c

Wim Botha, Still Life with Water, 2015. Wood, bronze, oil paint, glass, fluorescent lights.

Explore our newly opened exhibitions: Wim Botha: Still Life with DiscontentTruth or Dare: A Reality Show and visiting exhibition BallotBox.

Wim Botha: Still Life with Discontent is Botha’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., featuring works that span his career. Botha’s art is a study in contrasts: his pieces are simultaneously sacred yet profane, heavy yet light, and stable yet unsettled. Through his varying materials and subject matter, this South African artist explores weighty issues of history, status, power, and religion, referencing a range of art historical influences while resisting fixed interpretation.

Highlighting uncertainty and contradiction, Truth or Dare: A Reality Show emphasizes the importance of questioning both knowledge and belief through works that utilize illusion to entice, entertain, and explore the terrain between fact and fiction, presence and absence, reality and imagination. The suspension of disbelief is invoked in works that simulate games, maps, and tricks of the eye and hand—not to deceive, but to engage and connect. Facing continuing global strife, political instability, and economic disparity, the artists included in Truth or Dare speak truth to power through unconventional, often playful juxtapositions of imagery and materials.

BallotBox, a Louisville Visual Art exhibit for Metro Hall, now on view at 21c Louisville, featuring new works by five artists who examine issues related to voting rights, democracy, and citizenship with curator, Skylar Smith and artists Sandra Charles, Brianna Harlan, Jennifer Maravillas, Taylor Sanders, and James Robert Southard.

3. Forest Giants

photo: Elizabeth Hench // Only In Your State

If you’re like us, you’ve probably been craving cooler weather and a reason to get outside. Well here’s your excuse… Take a short drive to Bernheim Forest and hike amongst the Forest Giants. Celebrate nature as you walk through the Fall foliage and public art works scattered throughout the park or hang out above the tree tops at the Canopy Tree Walk. Looking for a hike that’ll get your heart racing? Bernheim has over 40 miles of hiking trails.

Open 7a-7p daily. Reservations not required.

4. Special Offers

You don’t have to travel far, to travel well.

The perfect view. The perfect meal. The perfect experience – it’s all closer than you imagined because relaxing getaways are just down the road. See current offers. 

5. Pets Stay for Free!

Not sure about you – but our pets have really helped us through some rough times this year. We’ve been spending a lot more time at home lately and boy have they noticed! 21c understands the need for the extra snuggles and we’re here to help!

In order to make it easier to bring your beloved companions along on your getaway – we’re waiving all pet fees through December 31st, 2020, when booking your stay directly with 21c Louisville.

And you’re in luck because Derby City is an incredibly dog-friendly city! Here are our Top 5 Dog-Friendly Spots in Louisville.


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