12 places we wish we could fly to from Ark-La-Tex

If only we could have a direct flight

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - We decided to do a little research into where people from the Ark-La-Tex want to go if they had a direct flight anywhere! We got some great answers, so here are 12 of our favorites!

12 direct flights we wish we had:

  1. Nashville, TN - Nashville was named A LOT, so it would be a sin not to list it here. Interesting facts about Nashville, the first FM broadcasting license went to Nashville’s WSM radio station in 1941, no wonder it’s called “Music City”. The city is also the home to one of the largest songwriter festivals in the world, Tin Pan South, and it draws more than 350 songwriters who perform original works in venues all across the city.
  2. Colorado Springs, CO - Many of you said Colorado as a whole, but one of the most mentioned cities was Colorado Springs. I’ve personally been here, it’s absolutely stunning. Within close distance of the city, Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, both are breathtaking natural wonderments. Also, Nikola Tesla built a secret lab somewhere near the city, no one knows where the exact location was.
  3. Hawaii - We can’t blame you all for this one being mentioned so many times. Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth and certainly one of the favorite tourist locations. If you are a surfer it’s not surprising this is one of your choices, Hawaii was where surfing was invented. Another interesting fact, Maui’s Mount Haleakala is the largest dormant volcano in the world.
  4. Miami, FL - This city has been a stylish and quirky hotspot in Flordia for some time, so this isn’t a surprising choice for many. You can relax on the beach, party, or get out on the water. Did you know that Miami has the nickname “Magic City” and that has the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the U.S.?
  5. Italy - This is one of my choices too! The country of Italy is beautiful and packed with ancient history and architecture. The city of Rome is over 2,000 years old and was founded in 753 BC. Also, 13 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays are set in Italy. If you are interested in World Heritage sites, Italy has more than any other country in the world.
  6. Kansas City, MO - I’ve traveled to Kansas City almost every year for almost 16 years now, I blame my husband for that (He’s from KC). It’s definitely a great city to visit. Did you know the Happy Meal was invented there by Bob Bernstein? Also, Kansas City ignored Prohibition in the 1920s, leading to a lot of boozy jazz clubs. It’s not surprising Kansas City cherishes its jazz to this day, if you go make sure to check out Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 live, https://www.facebook.com/chrishazeltonsboogaloo7.
  7. New York City, NY - It’s no surprise that NYC was mentioned for travel. The city has the largest population of any other city in America for a reason. The pizza there is outstanding for a reason, the first pizzeria in the U.S. opened there in 1895. Did we mention that NYC is also one of the most diverse cities in the world? More than 800 languages are spoken there. Also, don’t miss missing visiting The Met if you go, it is the largest art museum in the Americas.
  8. Transylvania, Romania - One of eastern Europe’s hidden gems, Transylvania has a very fairytale vibe. Its reputation for vampires comes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and F.W. Marnau’s 1922 classic film, Nosferatu. The region itself is flooded with literary and cinematic history. If you love castles, Transylvania has some of the best castles in the world.
  9. Boston, MA - This city is one of the most historically abundant cities in the U.S., including stories about the midnight ride and the Boston Tea Party. Since we are talking history, the city has the oldest original baseball stadium still in use since 1912, Fenway Park. Not only that, but Boston is also the home of the first college in North America, Harvard. Even the first Thanksgiving in the country was celebrated in Boston!
  10. Chicago, IL - Now, this is an incredibly impressive city and was the birthplace of modern architecture with its Chicago’s Home Insurance building. Also, did you know that this city has the world’s only backward-flowing river? In 1900, the Chicago River was altered to flow this way to divert sewage from Lake Michigan’s freshwater supply. For you lover of brownies, the first brownie in the world was created here in 1893. That is only one of many Chicago famous foods, check out this list https://theskydeck.com/things-to-do-in-chicago/famous-chicago-foods/.
  11. Mexico - Full of festive culture and beautiful historic sites, Mexico is Latin America’s most visited tourist destination. It is the home to the world’s largest pyramid, Cholula, featuring a height of 66 meters with a 400-meter base. The county is host to a lot of museums, and Mexico City itself has over 170. Mexico also has a lot to offer in terms of culture and nature, 32 locations have been awarded as World Cultural Heritage by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  12. Canada - Some people just want to escape from society, and Canada is the place to do it. The country has extensive remote forests with tons of wildlife. It is also the second biggest country in the world, even though only .5% of the world’s population lives there. Canada also has a strong French culture. Interesting fact, Cajuns came from Canada to Louisiana, specifically Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

Now if only we could actually get these flights from Ark-La-Tex to all of these wonderous places. Don’t forget to take your live lobster with you. It’s good as a carry-on and check out more strange stuff here.

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton

Brittney Hazelton was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and attended Southwood High School. They're a professional, self-taught local artist and is now one of KSLA’s digital content producers.