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Where is Shreveport-Bossier City located?

Shreveport and Bossier City are joined by the Red River in the northwest corner of Louisiana about 20 miles east of Texas and about 35 miles south of Arkansas. We are 187 miles east of Dallas, an easy 2.5-hour drive along I-20. Two interstate highways, I-20 and I-49, intersect in Shreveport.

How far away is New Orleans?

We are 341 miles north of New Orleans. If you take I-49 to I-10 into New Orleans, it’s about a 5-hour drive.

How big are Shreveport and Bossier City?

Shreveport is the third-largest city in Louisiana and the second-largest tourism destination, second only to New Orleans.

The City of Shreveport represents some 116 square miles, with Caddo Parish encompassing 938 square miles. The City of Bossier City is 37 square miles, and Bossier Parish is 832 square miles.

The latest US Census indicates that there are 200,145 people living in the city limits of Shreveport, 56,461 in Bossier City, and a total of 302,302 people in the metropolitan area.

How many riverboat casinos are there in Shreveport-Bossier City?

We have five riverboat casinos in Shreveport-Bossier City: Sam’s Town, Eldorado, Boomtown, Horseshoe and Diamond Jacks. We also have a racino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, in Bossier City.

What are the must-sees in Shreveport-Bossier City?

In addition to our casinos, we have several major attractions that our visitors don’t want to miss.
The Gardens of the American Rose Center is the headquarters for the American Rose Society and boasts 118 acres of blooming beauty. Each chapter of the rose society has a garden representing their club. And there’s always something in bloom.

Sci-Port Discovery Center is a hands-on science museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits and eight discovery areas. Sci-Port recently opened a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art Space Dome Planetarium with a 16-million pixel laser projection system! Visitors can control the International Space Station, see the stars on the night of your birthday and observe some of the Universe's most unusual objects in live presentations.

The R. W. Norton Art Gallery features American & European art spanning four centuries and an impressive collection of art of the American West by Frederic Remington & Charles Russell.

The Stage of Stars and Legends Music Museum is housed in the historic Municipal Auditorium, home of the Louisiana Hayride where Elvis Presley began his career. The museum has a wonderful collection of Elvis exhibits. It also features other music icons that sang on the Louisiana Hayride -- stars like Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells and Slim Whitman.

And there are several new shopping destinations to take advantage of – the Louisiana Boardwalk, the southeast Shreveport shopping district, Line Avenue shopping district, Antique Alley on Kings Highway and much more!

How bad is the traffic?

One of the great things about Shreveport-Bossier City is how easy it is to get around. With I-20 and I-49 running through the area, you’re just a few minutes from everywhere. In downtown and other high-traffic areas, you can expect a very slight slow-down at rush hour, but even then, you’ll be on your way in no time!

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