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Boom or Bust Byway

Discover Louisiana's vibrant heritage up close on the Boom or Bust Byway, your ultimate road trip destination. Immerse yourself in the rich Cajun, Creole and French cultures as you explore scenic biking paths, tranquil fishing spots, charming antique shops and cozy local diners. Whether you're a family, a retiree or a young adventurer, this off-the-beaten-path journey invites you to create unforgettable memories. Welcome to a truly personal experience of Louisiana’s cultural treasures!

Your drive includes views of colorful wildflowers, placid bayous, peaceful plantations, shady forests, and rich productive farmland. Instead of shrimp gumbo or crawfish étouffée, you’ll dine on local favorites such as fried chicken, catfish, or chicken fried steak with green beans, okra, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. In the quaint towns, you’ll discover hidden treasures in the shops and fascinating history in the museums.

As you drive along the byway you will see evidence of the economic booms and busts experienced by the resilient people of northwest Louisiana. You’ll see graveyards of old oil field equipment that died when the oil industry went bust. But you’ll also see new oil and gas facilities being built in response to the current booming oil and natural gas economy. And there’s a booming new industry – casino gaming! Five floating, and fun-filled, casinos can be found along the banks of the Red River in Shreveport and Bossier City.

The Boom or Bust Byway follows Highway 2 and is defined by the Louisiana/Texas border on the west and the loop around the town of Homer, La., to the east. The listings on this page include our Byway partners in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. The Boom or Bust Byway website also includes information about byway partners in Webster and Claiborne Parishes.

You can download the Byway app in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play.

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