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Way up in northern Louisiana, Shreveport is unlike the rest of the state. Once a major oil and natural gas town, it suffered a serious economic downturn in the 1980s and has been reviving itself ever since. Today, the big money maker is the gambling industry, with five riverboat casinos, several Las Vegas-style casinos and a thriving horse-racing scene. Shreveport is also a popular convention city and, recently, it has become a prime location for making movies. Situated on the Red River, Shreveport, along with Bossier City (just across the river), is the commercial and cultural hub of Ark-La-Tex, serving the smaller communities in Arkansas, ...

Way up in northern Louisiana, Shreveport is unlike the rest of the state. Once a major oil and natural gas town, it suffered a serious economic downturn in the 1980s and has been reviving itself ever since. Today, the big money maker is the gambling industry, with five riverboat casinos, several Las Vegas-style casinos and a thriving horse-racing scene. Shreveport is also a popular convention city and, recently, it has become a prime location for making movies. Situated on the Red River, Shreveport, along with Bossier City (just across the river), is the commercial and cultural hub of Ark-La-Tex, serving the smaller communities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, which all connect in the northwest corner of Louisiana. A thriving arts scene has developed here, with a city ballet, symphony and several live-music venues. There are plenty of outdoor activities, too, including hunting, fishing and golf.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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  • Location: Shreveport is the commercial and cultural center of the Ark-La-Tex, the area where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Shreveport is a year-round destination, with winter months being cooler and wetter.