For additional information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Anne Taber Klenke, creole nature trail/adventure tourism director
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Three Southwest Louisiana Attractions Voted "Best of the South 2013" by AAA Southern Traveler

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 3, 2013)- The online voting for AAA Southern Traveler's Best of the South 2013 is complete with Southwest Louisiana winning in all three categories in which we were nominated. For the fourth year, AAA Southern Traveler's readers have shared their picks for the South's best places to visit, stay, dine, and have fun. What's especially significant is that AAA's research shows that 72% of AAA members take action after reading their AAA publication meaning that more than 255,000 people in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana are reading about Southwest Louisiana in this issue!

The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has been named the best nature trail or natural area to explore. To explore for yourself visit or download the free GPS tour app from your app store (search "creole.")

L'Auberge Casino Resort won for best casino. And Louisiana's Audubon Golf Trail, which includes Lake Charles' own Gray Plantation Golf Course, beat out some pretty stiff competition to be named the golf trail providing the best courses.

Winners in all AAA Southern Traveler's Best of the South 2013 categories can be found in the July/August issue of AAA Southern Traveler or online at

For more information, please contact Anne Klenke, Creole Nature Trail/Adventure Tourism Director for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 337-502-4347 or