New Itinerary in Shreveport-Bossier Highlights Why it’s One of the Happiest Cities in America

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Stay and play in one of the stops on the State of Louisiana’s “Louisiana IS Happy!” itinerary

New itinerary in Shreveport-Bossier highlights why it’s one of the happiest cities in America.

The new group tour itinerary entitled “Louisiana IS Happy!” showcases the unique combination of people, cultures and things to do in Shreveport-Bossier.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau released a new group tour itinerary entitled “Louisiana IS Happy!” to showcase the unique combination of people, cultures and things to do that contributed to Louisiana being named the happiest state in the United States. According to the study released by The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, Shreveport-Bossier, located in beautiful northwest Louisiana, is the third happiest city in the United States.

The Shreveport-Bossier itinerary includes stops at fun and engaging attractions, picturesque shopping and flavorful opportunities to taste local beers and traditional cuisines. The itinerary can be accompanied by stops in other neighboring happy cities such as Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Alexandria and Baton Rouge. Most attractions are free of charge and groups can contact Erica Howard, group sales manager at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau for more details and hotel rate information.

Groups start their visit by taking a historic journey from World War I to present at the Barksdale Global Power Museum. The museum features uniforms, dioramas, a barracks exhibit dating from World War II and 25 aircraft and vehicles. Next, the group enjoys lunch and unique shopping and entertainment at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets situated along the Red River.

Then groups stop at Shreveport’s first local brewery since Prohibition. Great Raft Brewing has a tasting room serving up its flagship beers and free weekend tours. Following, groups tour the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. The museum of American and European art spans four centuries and the southwest’s largest permanent collection of American Western art by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. Succeeding the museum, groups take a historic drive and tour of Shreveport-Bossier with a local step-on guide to learn about downtown attractions such as riverfront casinos, Red River District, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center and the Once in a Millennium Moon Mega Mural.

Afterward the tour stops in the oldest church in Shreveport. Holy Trinity Catholic Church boasts Romanesque-revival design with its main altar featuring Italian marble and more than 60 stained glass windows with a European cathedral feel. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. After checking in to a local hotel, groups dine at Ralph and Kacoos and enjoy a variety of Cajun cuisine—shrimp, crab and crawfish platters; charbroiled fish; and steaks.

For hotel rate information and more details, contact Erica Howard, group sales manager at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau at 800-551-8682 ext.104 or ehoward@sbctb.org.

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