Crowley is known as the "Rice Capital of America" because at one time it was a major center for rice harvesting. With a population of about 14,000 residents, Crowley is perfect for anyone looking for a medium-sized city.
This popular city on the Northshore is home to about 12,000 people, and the possibilities are endless here in Mandeville. Here, you’ll find amazing restaurants, beautiful views of Lake Pontchartrain, and all the shopping you could ask for. Be sure to head over to the lakefront for some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen.
With a population of just over 10,000, this Beauregard Parish city is the perfect size. DeRidder is home to the "Old Beauregard Parish Jail," a Gothic architectural style building. Constructed in 1914, it was built to house about 50 prisoners at a time. Commonly known as the "Gothic Jail," or the "Hanging Jail," the building certainly stands out.
Louisiana’s oldest city is home to about 18,000. This charming little town along the Cane River Lake is great for anyone looking to explore the historical side of Louisiana. Right in the heart of Natchitoches lies the National Historic Landmark District, a 33-block area full of shopping and dining opportunities as well as several bed & breakfasts.
Known for the giant omelet festival that takes place every November, Abbeville is home to about 12,000 residents. With a darling little main street and dozens of buildings on the National Historic Register, Abbeville is a great place to spend an afternoon.
With a population of around 11,000, Bastrop is the largest city in Morehouse Parish. Camping, hunting, and fishing are popular pastimes, there are many local boutiques for shopping, and the Snyder Museum is a great place to spend some time.
The seat of St. Tammany Parish is home to just under 10,000 people. Covington offers great antique shops, unique and local boutiques for shopping, amazing restaurants, and so much more.
8. West Monroe
Situated right on the Ouachita River, West Monroe is a laid-back town of about 13,000 residents. With shopping, dining, and several scenic parks, there’s something for everyone in West Monroe.
The quiet town of Minden is located about 25 miles east of Shreveport, so you can easily drive to the "big city." Minden has a population of about 12,000 and offers beautiful historic neighborhoods, unique fairs and festivals, and a lovely main street full of shopping and restaurants.