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| Louisville is actually one of the nicest airports in the United States, pound-for-pound. In fact, Louisville "on steroids" gives you an idea of what more of our true international gateways should look like, but don't (I mean, Detroit and Minneapolis are good, but LAX and JFK?!) I'll start with the good about Louisville: Parking is easy and reasonably priced. So easy, in fact, that it's literally at the back door of the terminal, and nicely covered for all those inclement weather situations. The airport is super clean. The personnel are above-average in friendliness; some of the security and restaurant staff could learn to smile, but it's hard for me to recount any particularly rude experiences with personnel. The terminal is very Louisville- and Kentucky-themed, making the airport an unmistakable part of the state of Kentucky's cultural identity. Security is usually a breeze, even if you don't have TSA Pre-Check (which I have). It's almost immediately next door to the state fairgrounds, 10-12 minutes from downtown, and 15-20 minutes from serene natural areas like Jefferson Memorial Forest. The terminals are straightforward and well-signed. The public art is very local-specific and -themed, and attractively positioned. As a bonus, the airport is UPS' primary North American hub, so it's neat to see the massive cargo planes regularly flying in and out of there. The real drawbacks of flying into and out of Louisville are that baggage claim takes a little longer than it should for a relatively small airport, and you have to pay close attention to signage right as you're driving off the property to access the freeways and fairgrounds. In summary: It's hard to go wrong with flying in and out of Louisville. I've been doing it for years and it just feels almost like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes.