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Flights to Shreveport

image of ShreveportShreveport, the third largest city in the state of Louisiana, is situated in the north of the state and is well known for its Mardi Gras celebrations.

Only four miles from the downtown core of the city, the Shreveport Regional Airport (airport code: SHV) is your point of arrival for flights to Shreveport. The Shreveport Downtown Airport is much smaller and only services local aviation. Flights to Shreveport can be arranged with many airlines, usually with 2 transfers. Delta is the exception, with a flight to Shreveport that stops just once in Atlanta. Otherwise, you can fly with Northwest Airlines and travel through Amsterdam and Memphis. Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and British Midland all have flight options as well.

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The Tourist Attractions in Shreveport:

Shreveport is a nice city that’s large but not too large and has a selection of attractions that will appeal to a variety of tourists. As well as fixed attractions like museums, Shreveport has a lively calendar of events throughout the year.

Shreveport Mardi Gras
Although the history of the Mardi Gras festival in Shreveport is said to go back to the end of the Civil War, it’s been an annual event every year for the past 20 or so years and is growing in popularity every year. If you’re visiting Shreveport during mid to late February you can’t miss this festival!

Historical Shreveport
Shreveport was established in 1836 by the Shreve Town Company, named in honour of Captain Henry Miller Shreve who was responsible for clearing the river here, allowing it to be used for passage. During the American Civil War Shreveport was actually the capital of Louisiana, and though there’s not much remaining from this period in history you can see mansions from the 1920s and 30s here in Shreveport, particularly along Fairfield Avenue. There are a number of homes here that have been designated as ‘historic’ and demonstrate how the rich lived.

The National Rose Garden
Shreveport is famous for its roses and is home to the National Rose Garden which is the largest in the world. There’s also the gardens of the American Rose Center where you’ll see 20,000 different rose varieties. This is America’s largest botanical garden dedicated to roses.

Casinos in Shreveport
Riverboat gambling in Shreveport began in mid 1990s, revitalising parts of the city which had become rundown and un-used. Riverboats are permanently docked here for the purpose of gambling and these casinos are popular with both the locals and the tourists.

Louisiana Boardwalk
Across the river from the casinos is the Louisiana Boardwalk. This is primarily a shopping centre but combines shopping with entertainment, restaurants and more. This newly built complex is also a very popular attraction with both locals and visitors and features top name stores such as GAP, Banana Republic, Nike, Adidas and more. There’s also a cinema here, restaurants, a bowling alley, and night club.

When Should You Visit?:

Shreveport has a humid subtropical climate with fairly high rainfall throughout the year, the least of which falls in August and September. These are two of the hottest months with average high temperatures between 31 and 34C but high humidity can make it feel hotter. Spring is not a good time to visit with frequent storms, so perhaps autumn is the best time to visit Shreveport.

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