How about we map out some things to see in Shreveport-Bossier this year?

One of my favorite things to do is play tourist. Seriously. I love to see new places and dive in as much as I can in the places I travel to. But you know, we can also play tourist in our own town. Luckily for us, we live in a place like Shreveport-Bossier where there are so many things to see and do on a regular basis. In fact, we have attractions that people will travel to visit, so why shouldn't we do the same?

This year, make playing tourist in Shreveport-Bossier your resolution.

I recently found a list of the "Must-Sees in Shreveport and Bossier" posted on Louisiana's Other Side. They broke it down into categories like Festivals, Craft Beer, Casinos, Stuffed Shrimp, and Shopping. As far as festivals go there is Mudbug Madness, Cork, Brew, Prize Fest, Red River Revel and more. These just so happen to be some of my favorite.

When it comes to craft beer, we have three local breweries. THREE. Great Raft, Red River, and Flying Heart. We're also lucky when it comes to... well... luck with multiple casinos offering games, food and entertainment. For food they recommend everyone try stuffed shrimp at places like Eddie's Restaurant, Brother's Seafood, or C&C Cafe. Outside of the shrimp game, I would try Ki Mexico, Parish Taco, and anything at Rhino Coffee.

There are also unique places to shop in Shreveport-Bossier, like the Agora Borealis and Giftspace inside of the Artspace gallery. I would also recommend you check out the gallery regularly for fabulous exhibits. In addition, one of my favorite museums in the area is the Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base. You do not need base access to see it.

I guess if I'm going to add anything else to the list, it would be events. There are so many insane events that happen in our area every single year. Aside from concerts and sporting events, we get the unique pleasure of Geek'd Con in August. This event is all things "geek" and brings big name celebrities to our area each year. Joey Fatone, Lou Ferringo, Michael Rooker, and Peter Mahew are just a few of the guests we've seen in years past.

There are also a ton of Instagrammable hot spots in the area. We're loaded with murals, statues, art installations, historical landmarks, etc. Isn't it about time you explored this town?