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Bossier City sits on the banks of Louisiana’s Red river. It may be one of the state’s lesser-known cities but there is plenty to keep you occupied. The Red River National Wildlife Refuge is just south of the city, with swamps, forest and cypress sloughs that provide rich habitat for a variety of birds and animals. There is also Chimp Haven, a 200-acre forest and sanctuary caring for almost 300 chimpanzees. If it’s shopping that you’re looking for then Bossier City doesn’t disappoint. The Louisiana Boardwalk shopping complex has big brand stores at outlet prices.
Fly in to Shreveport Regional Airport, which is eight miles west of Bossier City. If you are getting a hire car then the I-49 goes right through the centre and leads south towards the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans, or go north to Texarkana. The I-20 traverses Bossier from east to west, linking it with Atlanta and Dallas.
To hire a rental car in Bossier City try Hertz, Thrifty or National. They all have collection points at the airport or in the neighbouring city of Shreveport, which is just of the other side of the Red river.
Bossier City is just a few miles from Louisiana’s border with Texas and it is surrounded by lakes, forests and parkland. Walking, cycling and water sports are popular here and the views are picturesque. Just 40 miles east of Bossier is the city of Marshall. By car it is a 45-minute drive along the I-20, just on the edge of Texas. Marshall calls itself the birthplace of boogie woogie and there are a number of live music venues in town. It is also within a short drive of the Caddo Lake, the biggest natural lake in the south. There are a number of marinas where you can hire boats or enjoy a meal, as well pretty pathways beneath the lush trees on the banks.
The small city of Minden is a half-hour drive of 30 miles to the east of Bossier on the I-20. This is a great base for visiting the Caney lakes and the Kisatchie national forest, where there is a plethora of walking trails over its rolling hills, as well as boating and fishing trips. Mansfield, another small city, is 36 miles south of Bossier City, a drive of about 40 minutes. It is just a few minutes from the Toledo Bend reservoir and the Sabine national forest, which is a popular camping destination.
Ruston is an hour’s drive from Bossier, about 70 miles away and halfway to the Mississippi state border. Rushton has some quaint shops and restaurants along its main strip, and in the surrounding areas there are a number of golf courses and country clubs.
Driving in Bossier City easy. The I-49 and I-20 provide great links to neighbouring states, and the I-220 circles the city and its neighbouring city of Shreveport.
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