Shreveport and Bossier City
Shreveport and Bossier City, LA are a fun place to visit. The sister cities sit across from each other on the Red River; Shreveport is on the western bank, and Bossier City is on the eastern bank of the river. The area is most famous for being home to a number of Riverboat Casinos; but, in addition to these casinos, there are a lot of other attractions in the area as well.
· Riverboat Casinos
· Louisiana Boardwalk
· Riverboat Cruises
· Outdoor Recreation
About Shreveport-Bossier City
Shreveport and Bossier City are located in Northeast Louisiana on Interstate 49. Shreveport is the third largest city in the state. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is considered the commercial and cultural hub of a sub region where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet known as “Ark-La-Tex.” Culturally, this area is tied more closely to East Texas than it is with the stronger Cajun and Creole influences of Southern Louisiana.
Northeast Louisiana is different compared to other areas farther south in the state. In college, I had an accounting professor from this part of the state. He told me that it was a lot like an extension of East Texas. I have also noticed that much of the tourism literature refers to this region as “Louisiana’s other side.”
My favorite blues musician of all time, Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly” got his start playing in Shreveport. He performed in saloons, dancehalls, and brothels on Fannin Street. Lead Belly influenced several Rock and Roll musicians later in the 20th century.
Throughout much of the 20th century, this area was home to a number of large oil companies. However, after oil prices collapsed in the 1980s, many of these companies left the area. Oil left a major legacy on this area by the number of large buildings in their downtowns; the metro population is under 500,000 but has the feel of a much larger city. The opening of Riverboat Casinos in the 1990s helped spur revitalization and additional development efforts in both of the cities’ downtowns. Many people travel from Dallas to visit the area’s Riverboat Casinos.
Riverboat Casinos offer visitors a unique gaming experience. In addition to gaming, these casinos provide guest with luxury resort accommodations, fine dining options, and lots of entertainment.
· Horseshoe Hotel Casino
· Diamond Jacks Casino and Resort
· Boomtown Casino and Hotel
· Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
· Margaritaville Resort Casino
· Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino
· Eldorado Casino Resort and Hotel
The Louisiana Boardwalk features lots of shopping, dining, and entertainment. There are over 60 stores and restaurants; along with many entertainment options. It’s located in Bossier City on the Red River within walking distance of some of the major casinos.
Riverboat Cruises are a fun way to get out on the water. The Spirit of the Red River Cruise is an hour-long cruise that provides visitors with a unique look at the communities. This cruise provides a lot of interesting history about the Red River and as well as the cities.
Caddo Lake Adventures offer visitors a chance to get out in Caddo Lake in a 35 foot houseboat. Caddo Lake straddles the Louisiana/Texas Stateline. The lake features stunning scenery amid beautiful cypress trees. Currently the Caddo Lake Adventures tour only runs on special occasions.
There are also some canoe outfitters in the area too. They offer a variety of guided tours with varying length. Some tours include meals.
You will find numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation the area. This region sits on the eastern edge of the Piney Woods; containing many rivers and lakes. Hunting and fishing are very popular here.
Here you can find unique Cajun and Creole dining that you won’t find anywhere else in the south. Additional dining options include traditional home cooked southern meals, cafeteria style dining, and your regular chain restaurants.
Shoppers will find no shortage of stores to visit on their trip. The region is home to two shopping malls as well as the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk. If you are interested in specialty and boutique shops, check out the City Shopping District and the Line Avenue District.
You can stay in a nice hotel accommodation; a cozy Bed and Breakfast. Those wanting more luxury can choose from a luxury suite at a casino resort. Outside the cities there are campgrounds and cabin rentals available. My personal favorite is staying in a casino resort within walking distance of the Louisiana Boardwalk. That way you can be just footsteps from entertainment, dining, and shopping.
Shreveport-Bossier City offer visitors a different kind of Louisiana vacation compared to the rest of the state. Much of this area has a feel that is similar to East Texas. Whether you are looking for gaming, exciting entertainment, outdoor recreation, shopping, and some of the most delicious dining in the south, you will find something to enjoy doing on your visit.