largest city and parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States

Alexandria is a historic city, rich in Louisiana history. Civil War historic sites along with easy access to numerous historic locations and Kisatchie National Forest sites make it a city ideal for history enthusiasts and sportsmen.

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Map of Alexandria (Louisiana)

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Interstate 49 runs through the center of Alexandria, linking the city with Shreveport to the northwest (125 miles) and Lafayette to the south (90 miles).

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  • 1 Alexandria International Airport (AEX  IATA) (located to the west of the city). served by American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Delta Airlines. The airport provides flights to Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Atlanta.    

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Limited Greyhound bus service.

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MacArthur Drive, which intersects with I-49 on both the north and south ends of the city, is one of the main roads. Many of the retail establishments in Alexandria are located near the intersection of MacArthur and Masonic Drives near the Alexandria Mall.

ATRANS provides local bus service, including to and from Pineville.

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  • Mardi Gras. College cheerleaders and classic cars parade takes place on Friday afternoon in Downtown. Children's parade takes place on Saturday morning in Downtown. The Krewe's parade takes place on Sunday afternoon with a route from Texas Ave to the Alexandria Mall. The Krewe of Provine parade on Tuesday runs down Coliseum Blvd.
  • Alex Winter Fete. Winter festival.

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Some local restaurants include:

There is also a wide variety of chain restaurants in Alexandria.

Crawfish boils are popular among locals when crawfish is in season during spring.

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  • 4 Indian Creek Recreation Area, 100 Camp Ground Rd, Woodworth, +1 318 487-5058. Camping plus hiking, swimming, water recreation along Indian Creek Reservoir. It doesn't have the most pristine water or scenery, but it's a natural getaway nonetheless. $7 day use, more for camping.

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Alexandria is served by Rapides Regional Medical Center, 211 4th Street, +1 318-769-3000..

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  • Pineville, Alexandria's sister city, is directly across the Red River.
  • Natchitoches is about an hour to the northwest down I-49.
  • Marksville, home of Paragon Casino, is about 45 minutes to the southeast down Highway 1.
  • A number of lakes can be found in the surrounding area a short drive from Alexandria, such as Kincaid, Cotile, and Indian Creek.
Routes through Alexandria
ShreveportNatchitoches  N   S  WoodworthLafayette
ShreveportPineville  N   S  LecompteKrotz Springs
Lake CharlesWoodworth  S   N  PinevilleMonroe
RustonPineville  N   S  LecompteLafayette

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