Shreveport

Shreveport is the largest city in north Louisiana. It is located in the area of the state designated as Sportsman's Paradise. Many lakes and rivers are in the area and offer recreational activities.

Get in

By plane

Shreveport is served by the   Shreveport Regional Airport (IATA: SHV), located at the intersection of Interstates 20 and 220 and Louisiana State Route 3132 in the western part of the city. Allegiant Air has nonstop service to Las Vegas and seasonal nonstop service to Orlando-Sanford. There is nonstop service on Delta to Atlanta and Memphis, American to Dallas/Fort Worth, and United to Denver and Houston.

The   Shreveport Downtown Airport (IATA: DTN) is located a few miles from downtown Shreveport and provides access for smaller, personal aircraft.

By bus

By car

Interstate 20, an east-west route between Dallas and Jackson, Mississippi, passes through Shreveport. Interstate 49 North from Alexandria terminates in central Shreveport.

Get around

The city is easy to navigate by car as there are 2 interstates running through, as well as an inner loop (I-220 and LA3132) surrounding the city. Clyde Fant Parkway runs along the riverfront and links the downtown area with the southeastern part of the city.

See

Do

Casinos

Festivals

Golf

Shreveport offers many golf courses to choose from challenging everyone from amateur to pro.

Outdoors

Professional Sports

Buy

A large shopping district has developed in the southern section of Youree Drive over the past decade. Many national chain stores and restaurants are located here.

More upscale boutiques and shops are located on Line Avenue, near the Pierremont area of central Shreveport.

Eat

The first stop on any trip to Shreveport should be Strawn's Eat Shop. They are known for having the most incredible strawberry pie. If strawberry does not work for you, then you should try chocolate. The original Strawn's is located on E. Kings (between Line and Youree). However, if you are eating late, then head to Strawn's Eat Shop Too which is located on E. 70th (on the corner of Youree). These diners also have daily lunch specials, great breakfast, burgers and all that deep-fried southern food everyone enjoys.

Several popular restaurants with locals are located along Line Avenue, near Pierremont. Superior Bar and Grill is a popular Mexican restaurant, and generally considered some of the best Tex-Mex cuisine in the city. Superior Steakhouse on Line Avenue near the Pierremont Ave. is one of the best restaurants in town, and has one of the best wine lists in the city. Bella Fresca is a high end restaurant also located on Line Ave. near Superior Bar and Grill. Another popular local restaurant which boasts an excellent wine list is Colombia Cafe located on Kings Hwy near Line Ave.

Some of the best Cajun food in the city is served at Savoie's Cajun restaurant on E. 70th St. near Clyde Fant Parkway. Another excellent restaurant is Copeland's of New Orleans located on the corner of Bert Kouns and Youree Dr. And among the most notable restaurants specializing in Louisiana cuisine, Ernest's a New Orleans style restaurant, is located off the service road on Hwy 1 just south of downtown, and has a great view overlooking the Red River.

For excellent sandwiches and Po-Boys go to Herby-K's on Pierre Ave. near I-20 just off Texas St.

There are also several good, local Italian restaurants including Monjuni's which has several locations, one off Youree Dr. near the intersection with Bert Kouns and another closer to downtown on Louisiana Ave and Olive Street Bistro on Olive St

There are also several local cafes and diners on Kings Hwy near Centenary College including Murrell's, George's Grill, and Lil' Joe's Bar & Grill. Murrell's was bulldozed to the ground and is now a "Whataburger."

Boiled crawfish can be had when in season and are widely available. You can buy them from vendors on street corners throughout the city (and many other cities in Louisiana). They're all the rage with the locals.

For great muffuletta sandwiches, try Fertitta's at 1124 Fairfield Ave.

Drink

There are several bars in downtown Shreveport on Texas St. near the riverfront casinos, including the Blind Tiger, The Noble Savage, The Boot, Phoenix Underground. One block over from Texas St. downtown on Travis St. is Overtime. There are also a couple of neighborhood bars on the corner of Youree Dr. and E. Kings Hwy including The Cub, Fat Cats and the Tiki Bar.

Also downtown is the Larry Flynt's Deja Vu Hustler Club.

Sleep

There are numerous hotels around the Shreveport Regional Airport. The casinos have hotels near the downtown area (I-20 east).

Stay safe

Shreveport ranks higher than the national average for every type of crime and in 2007 was rated in the top ten most dangerous metro areas in the nation. Common sense is suggested when visiting the city. There are many neighborhoods where crime is more rampant including Mooretown, Allendale, Queensbourough, and Cedar Grove. It is not recommended to drive through these areas. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. If it looks like the neighborhood is going downhill it might be best to turn around rather than drive through. It is not recommended to walk alone or in small groups after dark in the downtown district unless you stay in the well populated areas near the casinos and bars.

Go next

Routes through Shreveport

Dallas Marshall  W  E  Bossier City Vicksburg
END Texarkana  N  S  Natchitoches Lafayette
Fort Smith Texarkana  N  S  Bossier City Alexandria
Pine Bluff Bossier City  N  S  Palestine Round Rock
Dallas Marshall  W  E  Bossier City Vicksburg
END  N  S  Mansfield Lake Charles


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