Shreveport is the third-largest city in Louisiana, and—along with its sister city of Bossier City—houses nearly half-a-million people. Originally founded in 1836 on the banks of the Red River, Shreveport remains an important overland port and gateway for the Ark-La-Tex region, which gets its name from the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Today, Shreveport is famous for its music culture, riverboat casinos, and fun family festivals.
A three-time All-American City, Shreveport today is an important commercial and educational center with several universities—including Louisiana State University Shreveport and a downtown branch of Louisiana Tech University. Nearby attractions include the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Cross Lake, and Barksdale Air Force Base.
Shreveport, like much of Louisiana, has a humid subtropical climate. This makes summers hot and humid: the temperature exceeds 90 degrees for 91 days of the year. A properly functioning air conditioner is a necessity, but it’s also a good idea to keep your furnace running in the winter: ice storms and freezing temperatures are present in the winter, although snow accumulation is very rare.