Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

In Shreveport-Bossier City, let the Red River direct you to sightseeing cruises (seasonally April through the end of November) and casinos. On land, take a walking tour of the historic downtown (eye for statues of blues legend Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and Elvis Presley, who performed one of his earliest gigs on the Louisiana Hayride, a live radio show broadcast from the city’s Municipal Auditorium). When you’re ready to dine or find an event, consult the city’s insider blog (it’s where I learned about Shreveport’s Great Raft Brewing and the city’s art scene—wait ’til you see the Once in a Millennium Moon mural downtown).