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Discover Your Own Backyard

Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana offers good company and quiet reflections, historical sites and luxurious accommodations. Prepare for some good old southern hospitality and great times. Here are few one, two and three day itinerary ideas to get you started. 

Top 20 Local Favorites

Time to Vote 

It’s time again to celebrate local cuisine by nominating your favorite local restaurant as one of Southwest Louisiana’s Top 20 Restaurants of 2017! At visitlakecharles.org/vote you can let your favorite local restaurants know just how much you LOVE what they do to make your tastebuds happy!

Top 20 Vote 2017

You're Invited!

During National Tourism Week, May 6-14, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate Children’s Day on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the tourist bureau, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive.

Children’s Day is a showcase of fun things for families to see and do in Southwest Louisiana. Children and their parents are invited to the tourist bureau for a variety of games, activities, exhibits and more. Gumbeaux Gator, Southwest Louisiana’s Goodwill Ambassador, will be on site along with refreshments. Click below for more information.

National Tourism Week - Children's Day, May 13.

Local Apps

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana has a lot of opportunities to have fun and explore. Now, it is easier than ever to know what is happening in the area and find your way around. Discover your own backyard with these free apps! 

Lake Charles Events App


Events App IconLook no further than the events app to make plans for your weekend, featuring events throughout Southwest Louisiana, you can receive push notifications or easily glance at upcoming events by selecting the events icon. Perfect for visitors, groups and locals, this events app makes finding information convenient. 

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Creole Nature Trail App


Creole Nature Trail App IconLouisiana's Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a hands-on opportunity to experience one of America's untamed natural wonders near Lake Charles, LA. Feel inspired and amazed as the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road leads you into the unsurpassed splendor of Louisiana's renowned coastal wetlands, wildlife refuges, and rippling marshes. 

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Lake Charles Historic Tour App


Lake Charles Historic Tour App IconThe Charpentier Historic District has been brought to life with the historic app can be downloaded in multiple languages including English, French, Spanish, German and closed-captioning. It will give visitors a guided experience through the 40-block area on the National Register of Historic Places with a choice of a 30 minute tour a 1 hour tour or a Calcasieu Ghost Tour. 

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