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Lake Charles, LA
Travel Guide

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 $129 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,719 reviews)

"This hotel is nice but there are no refrigerator or microwave in any of the rooms."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 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
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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! (1,559 reviews)

"All and everything was great, only downside was due to the pandemic they are not having room service we would have enjoyed our stay till check out time if we could have had breakfast at our room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Golden Nugget Lake Charles
Best Western Inn At Coushatta
Best Western Inn At Coushatta
2.5 out of 5
12102 Us Highway 165, Kinder, LA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

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! (796 reviews)

"it was clean,and quite.property could be updated.more parking spaces would be good as well"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Best Western Inn At Coushatta
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 $92 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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 (157 reviews)

"The house keepers came beating on door at 838 a couple h ours before check out and then Abou15 m later another housekeeper came and beat the hell out door again"…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Studio 6 Sulphur, LA
Red Shoes RV Park
Red Shoes RV Park
2 out of 5
777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, LA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (37 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
Staybridge Suites Lake Charles
Staybridge Suites Lake Charles
3 out of 5
1100 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, LA
The price is $284 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (120 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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4/5 - Good

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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

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May 1, 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

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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

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Mar 11, 2020

People were friendly

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