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Old 11-17-2015, 01:17 PM
 
Location: NE, Oklahoma
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We'll be driving thru in a few months, on our way to Florida, and will be spending a night in Shreveport. What are the best areas to stay in? I have never been to Shreveport , except for a day trip, so I'm totally unfamiliar with the area.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Why? I live in a similar location to yourself (NWA), and I would push on to Lafayette, if you can. You say "we", so I assume 2 licensed to drive adults. If you push on to Lafayette, you are really starting to get into the food that LA is known for. Yes, it's still a "dangerous" area compared to where you're from, but all of LA is. However, you will have some good food, and a bit of Cajun culture!

If you don't want to push that far, then at least push on to Nachtitoches. There are several motels near I49S there, and it's a pretty quiet little small-college town. Should be cheaper, too, if I had to guess. There is an IHOP and a few other typical traveler/breakfast places. Most of it staffed by college kids who would love a decent tip, and have always been very polite/given excellent service.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:16 AM
 
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Well there are a few hotels along I-20 which is probably where you'll wind up. A newer hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn off Old Minden Road just off I-20 in Bossier. It seems as nice as you'll find as far as areas in Shreveport-Bossier go. I'd avoid anything near Monkhouse Dr. in W. Shreveport...it's the airport area.
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Old 11-18-2015, 02:20 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Well there are a few hotels along I-20 which is probably where you'll wind up. A newer hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn off Old Minden Road just off I-20 in Bossier. It seems as nice as you'll find as far as areas in Shreveport-Bossier go. I'd avoid anything near Monkhouse Dr. in W. Shreveport...it's the airport area.
I re-read the OP and I was wrong, seems they are cutting across I-20 instead of down 49S. You're right, Monkhouse/the airport area are terrible. Great places to get shot for being White, etc. I would recommend any area other than that one. That, and Queens/Jewella are NO GO zones after dark.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:39 AM
 
Location: NE, Oklahoma
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Why? I live in a similar location to yourself (NWA), and I would push on to Lafayette, if you can. You say "we", so I assume 2 licensed to drive adults. If you push on to Lafayette, you are really starting to get into the food that LA is known for. Yes, it's still a "dangerous" area compared to where you're from, but all of LA is. However, you will have some good food, and a bit of Cajun culture!

If you don't want to push that far, then at least push on to Nachtitoches. There are several motels near I49S there, and it's a pretty quiet little small-college town. Should be cheaper, too, if I had to guess. There is an IHOP and a few other typical traveler/breakfast places. Most of it staffed by college kids who would love a decent tip, and have always been very polite/given excellent service.
We're not going any further south, at that point. Our plan is to leave Tulsa on a Friday evening and get about 6-7 hours of driving in. Last time we did this trip and we went thru Arkansas and stayed in Pine Bluff. I had no idea at the time how dangerous that town is, but since I've learned that now, we plan on taking a different route.

Our plan is to go south until we hit I20 in Lindale/Tyler, TX area. If we moved on and stopped in Monroe, would that be safer? Any suggestions on good places to stay would be appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:41 AM
 
Location: NE, Oklahoma
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Well, maybe we should consider going south, and hitting I-10? Our plan as of right now is to take I20 all the way to Jackson, then SE to Hattiesburg and on to Mobile, and then finally Fort Walton Beach.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:21 PM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Well, maybe we should consider going south, and hitting I-10? Our plan as of right now is to take I20 all the way to Jackson, then SE to Hattiesburg and on to Mobile, and then finally Fort Walton Beach.
Go hit I-10
Yes, I-10 is a POS of a road, but Lafayette and New Orleans area are the only places in LA worth visiting, and you can always return on your originally planned route (or you can do it in reverse). Point being, there are some cool things to see in LA, so instead of going through the most disgusting part of the state, actually go through the parts worth going through! Go see the aquarium, French quarter, etc.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:05 AM
 
Location: NE, Oklahoma
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Go hit I-10
Yes, I-10 is a POS of a road, but Lafayette and New Orleans area are the only places in LA worth visiting, and you can always return on your originally planned route (or you can do it in reverse). Point being, there are some cool things to see in LA, so instead of going through the most disgusting part of the state, actually go through the parts worth going through! Go see the aquarium, French quarter, etc.
Thanks we might do that. But we don't plan on stopping and doing any sightseeing! We're headed to the beach, gotta get there fast!
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:57 PM
 
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FWIW: Leaving Oklahoma and going 1-49 to Lafayette (out of Shreveport) to Pensacola, FL (as a reference) is going to be roughly 13+ hours
versus I-20 (Shreveport to Jackson, MS route).... which will save about 30 minutes (+/-). I-10 is a very rough drive in terms of traffic... lots and lots of trucks, not my favorite way.

The La-Mississippi route is a bit less harried traffic-wise IMHO.

As for "dangerous hotel zones" .... West Shreveport at Monkhouse is probably the worst... but there are decent places in West Shreveport near I-20 / Pines Rd off Financial Plaza. (La Quinta, Courtyard, Howard Johnson, Hilton Garden, Holiday Inn).

There's the downtown Holiday Inn and Best Western Chateau right off I-20 / Spring St. but you'll pay more. Same goes for all the casino hotels... they're nice but can be pricey... you might find a better deal on the Bossier side though. Once you cross Red River... you could go to The Boardwalk (Entertainment & Shopping District) and stay at Courtyard which is nice. Or continue on I-20, exit at Old Minden Rd... turn left and Hilton Garden Inn... it's newer and nice. These places I've mentioned are decent and safer IMHO.

Check out this link of the Shreveport-Bossier Tourist & Convention Bureau:

Accommodations | Shreveport - Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Murphy, North Carolina
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Don't stay at anywhere off of Monkhouse.

"But it has a Residence Inn, it surely can't be that bad, right?" Wrong.

Either stay off of Pines, or in Bossier.
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