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Lake CharlesUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Lake Charles

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 ¥9,909 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,760 reviews)

"Clean room and great customer service. Front desk was very helpful and quick to respond."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

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 ¥12,756 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,624 reviews)

"A Great Time. This has become one of my favorite getaways."…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2717 Delta Downs Drive, Vinton, LA
The price is ¥13,114 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Situated in Vinton, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and within 12 mi (20 km) of Niblett's Bluff Park and W.H. Stark House. Stark ...

4.4/5Excellent! (83 reviews)

"The staff were all very kind and informative. The hotel was clean and we loved how convenient it was to get to the casino."…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Lake Charles

Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
2 out of 5
112 Dennis Ave, Sulphur, LA
The price is ¥10,408 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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 ...

2.8/5 (144 reviews)
excellent

"Service was cool, and the environment was excellent. Room was very clean & the WiFi is on top of its game.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
The Charpentier House in Historical Downtown Lake Charles
The Charpentier House in Historical Downtown Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA

Located in the heart of Lake Charles, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum Lake Charles and Lake Charles Civic Center. North Beach ...

The Charpentier House in Historical Downtown Lake Charles
Staybridge Suites Lake Charles
Staybridge Suites Lake Charles
3 out of 5
1100 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, LA

Situated on a lake, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Prien Lake Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lauberge Casino Lake Charles and Imperial Calcasieu Museum. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (119 reviews)

"Very, very clean an polite nice people. It ain't nothing u can say bad about this place. Its perfect."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Staybridge Suites 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.

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Reviews of Lake Charles

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

None

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Go golfing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

Eat at Pat's of Henderson. A little pricey, but so elegant and the best seafood I've ever had in my life.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

It’s always quiet and slow paced. I went to check on family.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

The hotel was nice and clean. Although the flooring looked nice, but it was very loud. We had a downstairs room; could hear the upstairs neighbors every time they walked across the floor. The food at the breakfast was not very good - too few choices.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

People were friendly

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