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Where to Get Gumbo in Lake Charles

Whenever a cool snap hits in Southwest Louisiana, everyone starts talking about gumbo weather . Of course, no one makes gumbo as good as "mama," but we have some delicious contenders that even the most discerning Cajun or Creole palate would agree are super tasty. Usually, gumbo in Southwest…

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One-Day Group Itinerary in Southwest Louisiana

2-4 hours — Kick off your Creole Nature Trail All-American Road journey at the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point—a free, fun attraction that immerses you in nature and Louisiana's unique culture. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is one of only designated 57 All-American Roads in the…

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Alligators in Southwest Louisiana

The American alligator lives mainly in freshwater swamps, lakes, and bayous in the southeastern United States. Along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road that traverses the marshlands, warm, sunny days bode well for sightings of an American alligator, which derives its name from the Spanish el…

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#EatSWLA: Mardi Gras Boudin King Cake Recipe

The boudin king cake craze hit the Mardi Gras scene in 2014. It is the savory “sibling” to the season’s sweet treat of cream cheese and fruit-filled king cakes. With Lake Charles being the home to the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, it is only right for us to share a recipe! Chef Derrill Guidry…

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Top 10 Questions About the Creole Nature Trail

Our Adventure Guides put together a list of the most frequently asked questions visitors ask about the FREE Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. Where does the Creole Nature Trail start? The trail loops through Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes along the coast. A great place to start your journey…

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