Lake Charles, LA

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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.

L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
L'Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
4 out of 5
777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA, 70601
The price is $169 per night from May 23 to May 24
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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, 70601
The price is $189 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Lake Charles. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,651 reviews)
"I’ve bucket not in room over an hrs to get, no mini fridge! Again .. got to get ice or fridge right. It was 97 degrees! Otherwise Vic and Anthony’s was great, pool area in need of more towels (or towel mgmt) … otherwise loved the pool area."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

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Courtyard by Marriott Lake Charles
Courtyard by Marriott Lake Charles
3 out of 5
2995 L'Auberge Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA, 70601
The price is $179 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.3/5 Excellent! (559 reviews)
"Nice!"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Courtyard by Marriott Lake Charles
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Downtown Cottage Getaway
Downtown Cottage Getaway
Lake Charles, LA
The price is $125 per night from May 22 to May 23
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great little house
"House is small, but was great for our overnight stay. Great restaurant right across the street. Only issue we had was parking. There is only room for one vehicle."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

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Cozy Cottage near the lake (Big Lake, LA)
Cozy Cottage near the lake (Big Lake, LA)
Lake Charles, LA
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5/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Great!
"3 guys on a fishing weekend and Oaks Cottage was perfect for us. This is a beautiful home. Super comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, and a great front porch lounge area for winding down the day."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Cozy Cottage near the lake (Big Lake, LA)
Beautiful 2 Bedroom Townhome by Casino and Mall
Beautiful 2 Bedroom Townhome by Casino and Mall
Lake Charles, LA
Stay at this vacation home in Lake Charles. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Lauberge Casino Lake Charles and Golden Nugget ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
nice place
"Easy to find. Close to casinos. Clean. it was everything we wanted."

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2022

Beautiful 2 Bedroom Townhome by Casino and Mall
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