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Lake Charles, LA
Travel Guide

Lake Charles showing a lake or waterhole and a sunset

Enjoy mouth-watering cuisine, foot-tapping music and summer festivals in this city in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country.

Lake Charles is located in the heart of Louisiana’s Acadiana region, also known as “Cajun Country.” The city embraces its heritage with mouth-watering Cajun cuisine and upbeat music on nearly every street corner.

Lake Charles hosts more than 75 annual festivals. Contraband Days is one of the most popular and attracts more than 200,000 visitors. Held over 12 days in May, the celebrations feature Cajun food, live entertainment and music. Mardi Gras festivities also draw huge crowds each year.

Sample a traditional treat such as boudin (sausage) or gumbo, a type of stew served over rice in restaurants in downtown Lake Charles. Visit a bar or club to hear zydeco, a blend of Cajun music, rhythm and blues.

L’Auberge du Lac is a casino resort with a 26-story hotel, 18-hole golf course and a spa. Browse shops and then stop for a meal at an array of international restaurants. Check out the activity on the casino floor or spend time lounging by the pool.

Discover the history of Lake Charles and its surrounding five parishes at Imperial Calcasieu Museum. The space also houses an art gallery. Behind the museum, enjoy a picnic under the shade of the 375-year-old Sallier Oak.

Explore the lake and surrounding swamplands through parks and along the area’s many trails. Wander between swampy lakes and past cypress trees at Sam Houston Jones State Park. Enjoy views of the lake at Bord du Lac Park or North Beach.

Lake Charles is one of the most humid cities in the country. While the weather is comfortably warm for most of the year, temperatures soar during summer months. Go swimming in the lake to cool off in summer.

Interstate 10 connects Lake Charles to Houston in the west and New Orleans in the east. It’s a 2-hour drive to Houston and a 3-hour trip to New Orleans. Lake Charles Regional Airport, located south of the city, offers flights to Dallas and Houston. The easiest way to get around is by rental car.

Best Western Inn At Coushatta
Best Western Inn At Coushatta
2.5 out of 5
12102 Us Highway 165, Kinder, LA
The price is ¥13,097 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated in Kinder, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Coushatta Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and Allen Parish Community ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (870 reviews)
"The room was very clean and convenient"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Best Western Inn At Coushatta
L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
4 out of 5
777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA
The price is ¥17,670 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated on the waterfront, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Avail Hospital Lake Charles and Lauberge Casino Lake Charles. Golden Nugget is 1.4 mi (2.3 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,849 reviews)
"The adult pool was excellent and the staff was great . On the other hand nobody cleaned our room and we had to throw away our own trash and retrieve our own towels but other than that is a really good place"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Golden Nugget Lake Charles
4 out of 5
2550 Golden Nugget Blvd, Lake Charles, LA
The price is ¥25,204 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Nugget and Lauberge Casino Lake Charles. The Country Club at Golden Nugget and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,588 reviews)
"Great place!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
2 out of 5
112 Dennis Ave, Sulphur, LA
The price is ¥11,005 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated in Sulphur, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Winner's Choice Plaza and 1.9 mi (3 km) from McMurray Ball Park. Isle of Capri Casino Lake Charles ...
2.7/5 (182 reviews)
"It was sufficient"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2021

Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
Red Shoes RV Park
Red Shoes RV Park
2 out of 5
777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, LA
Situated in Kinder, this campground is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Coushatta Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and Allen Parish Community ...
4.2/5Excellent! (39 reviews)
"I like having the security 24/7. The fold out beds are terrible. Very uncomfortable. No linen, no utensils , I liked the location. Shuttle service is available. Park was clean. Main complaint is the second bed,,,,terrible. Nice staff. Internet service wouldn't work and that's a biggie for me."

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Red Shoes RV Park
?just a Stones Throw Away From all Lake Charles Hotspots?
?just a Stones Throw Away From all Lake Charles Hotspots?
Lake Charles, LA
Situated in Lake Charles, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Prien Lake Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lauberge Casino Lake Charles and Golden Nugget. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Clean, Roomy Home
"Nice home with an updated interior. The owners are great and were easy to communicate with. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

?just a Stones Throw Away From all Lake Charles Hotspots?
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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