From my personal experience, the Boom or Bust Byway is the ultimate getaway. I travel the byway to get away from the city’s commotion, everyday routine, and modern day struggles of connectivity. A road trip on the byway is the perfect low-budget getaway to experience before summer ends. Whether you explore this route solo or with friends, here are 6 things to have in mind before hitting the byway:
The Boom or Bust Byway itinerary guides road trippers through 10 north Louisiana towns that are nestled away in the rural areas of Caddo and Bossier Parish with more than 20 intriguing stops along the way. This itinerary shines an adventurous light on the many down-home restaurants to savor, fun outdoor activities to experience, historical museums to tour and more on this scenic drive. This new, printable itinerary presents an experiential road trip that can be downloaded at www.boomorbustbyway.com/getting-here.
The byway itinerary is not a straightened arrow drive, but the establishments along the byway are locally owned and operated in very small towns, so it’s best to research your designated stops prior to driving the byway. Take the road that speaks to you within that moment, but don’t miss out on an experience because you didn’t plan accordingly.
No road trip is complete without the perfect playlist. Keep the local vibes flowing on your rural journey with the “Find Your #SBFunSide” Spotify Playlist. The eclectic playlist features everything from country and rap to the sounds of byway blues musician, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. You can even visit Lead Belly’s gravesite in Mooringsport, which is also located on the byway.
At most restaurants and attractions, cash is the only payment for food or services. One of my favorite places to eat on the byway is Rascal’s Restaurant in Vivian. It’s a combination of country cooking and soul food with traditional, genuine, Southern hospitality. It’s worth a quick ATM stop.
Driving with your windows down, picnicking on a pier, frolicking through the fields at Dixie Maze Farms, and other outdoor activities require sunscreen. The sun seems to peak through the byway clouds with ease, so be sure tosnag the nearest SPF cream. You’ll thank me later.
There is minimal cell reception on the Boom or Bust Byway. Embrace it! Take in the local sounds from the“Find Your #SBFunSide” Spotify playlist, the clean and quiet breeze of Louisiana’s countryside, the big open skies that stretch across fertile farmland and the conversations with the locals. Take it all in!
Whether you choose a weekday or weekend, the key to getting the most out of your Boom or Bust Byway road trip is keeping these 6 things in mind before taking on this rural quest. Grab your keys and sunglasses, fill up on gas, and soak up this off-the-beaten-path adventure. For more information on fun things to do along the Boom or Bust Byway, visit www.BoomOrBustByway.com.