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Lake Charles Holidays

The Festival Capital of Louisiana

Nestled among the bayous and beaches of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles only offers visitors a fantastic array of attractions from world-class gaming at the four casino resorts to diverse dining, historic sites, outdoors adventure and a whole host of festivals and events. In fact with over 75 fairs, festivals and events taking place each year Lake Charles has well earned its moniker of The Festival Capital of Louisiana. 

Step back in history and discover Lake Charles' unique past - not part of the original Louisiana Purchase this area was one a "no man's land" which led to a culture that loves to gather and celebrate. Visit the Historic Charpentier District to see the exquisite Victorian architecture of that earned this area its spot on the National Register District. Stop by the Imperial Calcasieu Museum for a historical depiction of daily life in region during yesteryear. Or stop by the DeQuincy Railroad Museum to see the 1913 steam locomotive and other memorabilia. 

Get in touch with nature along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. As you travel along this scenic byway you will have the opportunity to spot some of the regions diverse wildlife, from American Alligators to neo-tropical songbirds. You can explore along walkways which reach right into the marsh, take an air-boat ride through the bayous, kayak along the waterways or simply collect shells along more than 26 miles of natural Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Foodies will love the Cajun and Creole flavours to be found in Lake Charles. Start your culinary adventure with a trip down the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail where over30 mom and pop style stores are waiting for you to sample this unique Louisiana finger food. Or dine out on seafood fresh from the Gulf waters with a spicy southern twist. Need something to wash all this delicious dining down with? Then head to Bayou Rum, the largest private rum distillery in the USA where you can enjoy a free tour, hit the rum tasting bar and even bring home a souvenir from the gift shop.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
  • Get in touch with nature on a bayou tour
  • Sample Cajun cuisine on the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail
  • Try your luck at one of the four world-class casino resorts
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT - 6 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information British Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit Lake Charles. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta
  • Language English
  • Health Information No vaccinations are required for travel to Lake Charles. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It is important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

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