Enjoy Cajun culture, food and music in this lively lakeside Louisiana city.

The lively city of Lake Charles, in southwest Louisiana, is famous for its 26-mile Creole Nature Trail All-American Road and, of course, the eponymous lake. For outdoor enthusiasts, that means hiking, biking and boating across protected land and waterways. Alternatively, for people who like to play games, Lake Charles has several casinos, just like its big sister city, New Orleans. And when the sun goes down, the city comes alive at spots offering Cajun food and zydeco music.

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Explore Lake Charles

  • Charpentier District
  • Downtown Lake Charles
  • The Cottage Shops

Charpentier District


Charpentier means “carpenter” in French, and this district is the place to take in Victorian-era homes and buildings, including the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, this neighborhood spans more than 40 blocks — making it a great place for a long stroll.

Known For

Historic Buildings, Walking Tours

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Downtown Lake Charles


The walkable waterfront is the heart of Lake Charles and where you’ll find museums and art galleries, parks, Creole restaurants and fabulous views of the lake.

Known For

Restaurants, Parks, Marina

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The Cottage Shops


Be sure to stop by the Cottage Shops to pick up some souvenirs. The area is home to locally owned shops offering everything from Cajun spices and food to jewelry, art and fashion.

Known For

Shopping, Local Food

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Explore Cajun Culture and Cuisine in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Discover Regional Art and Culture

Learn about Lake Charles’ rich history by visiting galleries and museums. Continue your cultural immersion with an evening of local cuisine and zydeco music. 


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Explore the Coastline and Local Shops

 Lake Charles is located along the 26-mile Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, where you might see alligators and bobcats, among other critters. Choose your route and spend a full day in nature, followed by a seafood or steak dinner and live music. 


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Explore a Historic District and the Lakefront Promenade

Tour the historic Charpentier District, then spend a relaxing afternoon wandering along the Lakefront Promenade, stopping at parks and memorials or just taking in the views. For dinner, order up one more Creole meal at Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake.


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