As the third largest city in Louisiana, Shreveport has a bustling food and entertainment culture: tons of restaurants offering tasty Southern fare, and a handful of casinos doling out 24 hours of fun a day on the Red River. Outdoorsy types are sure to enjoy other activities along the river or on the nearby Cross Lake, from fishing to hiking to horseback riding.
Best Festivals In Town
- Mudbug Madness is a celebration of Louisiana culture taking place each year in May. Attendees of the four-day festival indulge in endless live zydeco music and hot, boiled crawfish -- more than 80,000 pounds worth in total! In addition to tasty “mudbugs,” you can also get Creole and Cajun cuisine along with crafts and games for the kids.
- The early spring bonanza of Mardi Gras culminates in a number of parades, the largest two being the Krewe of Centaur and the Krewe of Gemini. Be prepared for tons of beads, glitzy costumes and an endless sea of green, purple and gold. Attendees number in the hundreds of thousands, so visitors should be sure to get there early for a front-row seat to the festivities.
Major Highways In Shreveport
- Interstate 20 is a 1,535-mile east-west highway that stretches from Texas to South Carolina. It cuts through northern Louisiana, connecting Shreveport to Dallas in the west and Atlanta in the east.
- Interstate 49 runs south from Shreveport and takes you past the charming town of Natchitoches, known for its Cane River National Heritage Area, full of Creole architecture and scenic plantations. Farther south, I-49 reaches Alexandria and eventually terminates in Lafayette.