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Shopping on Magazine Street, New Orleans
Shopping on Magazine Street, New Orleans

Most people can easily recognize one of Louisiana and New Orleans’ most famous streets — Bourbon.  However there are many more iconic streets, historic downtowns and lovely off-the-beaten-path streets around Louisiana that will offer a glimpse into the true nature of a town.

Here are a few Louisiana streets to discover on your trip.

Antique Alley, Trenton St., Monroe-West Monroe
Antique Alley is famous for shopping! It hosts one of the largest shopping malls in north Louisiana along with a wide array of boutiques offering the antique hunter an afternoon of fun or the savvy shopper the newest, trendiest items. Another look into the Monroe area also reveals DeSiard Street which radiates history. Head to Mound Welcome Center or the Monroe-West Monroe Visitors Bureau Office and rent a GPS system for a guided tour of the Hwy. 80 Bypass.  As visitors drive down DeSiard Street they will see video and historical information provided through the system along the way.

Ryan Street in Lake Charles
Ryan Street located in downtown Lake Charles is a lovely paved streetscape with a vibrate scene of restaurants, bars, artisan galleries and coffee shops. To begin exploring Ryan St. and the surrounding areas including the nearby Children’s Museum, head to the Art Shop for bike rentals!  As you cruise Ryan St., stop for a morning coffee at Stellar Beans Coffee House (off Ryan on Broad St.) or indulge in the Bonte Creperie & Café who serves all organic local items. Take some time to head to the 1911 City Hall Arts and Cultural Center for a taste of Lake Charles’ history. After exploring the art galleries along Ryan St., grab some Louisiana grub at the Sabine Pass Crab Shack.

Columbia Street, Covington
Take a stroll down this beautiful street in Covington that begins at the old Columbia Street Landing on the Bogue Falaya River.  The street wanders through old downtown Covington and is marked with 10 blocks of shops, galleries, clothing boutiques, along with the popular Covington Farmers Markets on Saturdays. During the spring, free concerts are staged at the Columbia Street Landing and in the fall visit for the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival. This open-air event attracts more than 50,000 people over the festival weekend to view artists’ work from around the nation.

Front Street, Natchitoches
Front Street in Natchitoches offers a glimpse into the history of the city and has maintained its historic charm for centuries. Front Street originally looked out over the Red River prior to its changing course in the mid 1830s.  Now, the views from Front St. look over the Cane River Lake.  This busy street hosts the majority of festivals including the Turn on the Holidays festival of lights, which is the second oldest Christmas activity in the nation. We suggest taking a walking tour of the area to view historic sites dating back to the 1820s along with picking out your favorite restaurants. Learn more about Natchitoches.

Third Street, Alexandria
In Alexandria, Third Street is part of the city’s Cultural Arts District and offers a glimpse into the past with the city’s oldest buildings. Third Street runs directly beside the Hotel Bentley and was the site for military parades during WWII. The Hotel Bentley, itself has a unique military history as WWII generals stayed there before deploying to the War. Currently, the street is the site of the Spring and Fall Art Walk, where art vendors stretch over 7 blocks from Jackson Street to St. James Street. Other iconic places to visit include the Diamond Grill (an old jewelry store restored into a restaurant), Sentry Drug & Grill (old style diner in historic drug store) and Kress Theatre (historic Kress building now the Rapides Foundation Building).

Magazine Street, New Orleans
Everyone is familiar with Bourbon Street in New Orleans but this lively city is packed with many other streets that offer visitors shopping, restaurants and more, including Magazine Street. Magazine is known for its diverse mix of museums, art galleries and restaurants all tucked into the six miles of shopping. Starting at Canal Street in the Central Business District and extending all the way upriver through the Garden District, Magazine Street takes you through some of New Orleans' most vibrant neighborhoods.

So venture out the next time you travel to Louisiana and you will discover the amazing streets that make up the towns along the way!

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