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Lake Charles Introduction

With landmark cultural institutions and glittering lakeside casinos, Lake Charles displays its colorful Creole heritage alongside an abundance of 21st-century visitor attractions. This vibrant city in Southwest Louisiana is home to a prestigious environmental research center, an important museum of Mardi Gras memorabilia, and a protected park on the banks of the Calcasieu River that offers unrivaled opportunities for bird-watching. Try your luck on the tables at L’Auberge du Lac Casino, shop for designer goodies in Prien Lake Mall, sample delicious Cajun specialties in the Charlestown Farmers Market, or spot the ‘gators on the Creole Nature Trail.

Hotels in Lake Charles

Casinos have played a major role in transforming Lake Charles into one of Louisiana’s most popular vacation destinations. Whether you’re coming to try your luck at the tables or on a longer break to explore the region’s acclaimed wildlife attractions, Lake Charles hotels are experienced at matching their offering to your plans. Choose a no-frills budget motel and save your dollars for the slots, enjoy the luxury of an upscale hotel suite, or cozy up in a more rural establishment surrounded by nature. If you’re planning to visit during festive periods like Mardi Gras, early booking is essential to secure the best Lake Charles hotel rates.

Where to stay

Many of the most popular hotels in Lake Charles are attached to the casino resorts located around Lake Charles and Prien Lake. These vast palaces ooze style and sophistication, offering amenities that make your stay as memorable as possible. With on-site entertainment, dining, and leisure facilities, it’s tempting not to stray far, but their waterside setting also offers the opportunity to exchange the glitzy atmosphere of the gaming rooms for the refreshing breeze of the bayous. Alternatively, cross the water toward Sulphur and you’ll find a host of more affordable hotels clustered along Interstate 10.

Things to see

Creole heritage underpins many of Lake Charles’ most popular attractions, reminding visitors of the city’s early days as a French trading post. Many beautiful buildings from the city’s heyday in the 1890s remain in the Charpentier Historic District, named for the skilled carpenters who transformed locally sourced pinewood into elaborate adornments for wealthy merchants’ mansions. The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu boasts one of the largest collections of Mardi Gras memorabilia in the South, tracing the history of this important annual celebration through its displays of colorful costumes and extravagantly decorated floats. As well as the Mardi Gras festival itself, Lake Charles is famous for its Contraband Days, held each May since 1957. This hugely popular event kicks off with a recreation of the storming of the city by the notorious 19th-century pirate and smuggler Jean Lafitte, followed by 12 days of family-friendly entertainment, live music, and Cajun street food.

How to get to Lake Charles

Lake Charles is linked with Houston to the west and New Orleans to the east via Interstate 10 and Route 90. Route 171 brings connections from the north and Louisiana Highway 14 from the south. Flights arrive from Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth into Lake Charles Regional Airport, which is located around 6 miles south of downtown. The easiest way to reach the city center from the airport is by taxi, and cars can also be rented from the major car-hire providers at the terminal. Travel in Lake Charles’ city limits is provided by a network of public-bus routes.

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