Destination Updates

Hurricane Delta made landfall on Oct. 9 in Southwest Louisiana, which was also recently impacted by Hurricane Laura on August 27. There is devastation to many properties, businesses, and homes. Click the link for information on the destination for businesses and restaurants that are open and events that have been confirmed. See What's Open!


National Plan for Vacation Day

January 28, 2020


National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their time off. Join us on January 28 and help get Americans to commit their time off for the rest of the year at the start of the year. Regardless of travel style, our country offers something for everyone.

Facts about Vacation

It’s no surprise America has a problem taking time off—more than half (55%) of Americans left vacation time on the table at the end of the year—a total of 768 million unused vacation days! But the heart of the matter is, taking time off benefits Americans: it’s essential to a person’s overall wellbeing: it strengthens personal relationships, improves professional performance and promotes overall health and wellness. The best way to encourage American workers to use all their vacation days—AND to use many of those days to travel—is to encourage planning in advance.

What most Americans want in a vacation. Does Lake Charles check the box?
  • 58% say they want to go on vacation to avoid burnout.
    - Don't let the stress of work and daily life get you down. Escape the hustle and bustle to somewhere more relaxing like Lake Charles, located in the deep south along I-10 and on the border of Texas. Enjoy a lazy river at one of our quality resorts or a tranquil nature setting in our bayous or Gulf Coast.
  • 63% say they prefer to indulge rather than be healthy on vacation.
    - Lake Charles has world-renowned Cajun cuisine with regional favorites that you are sure to fall in love with such as boudin, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, po'boys, crawfish, fresh Louisiana Gulf seafood, and much more. Don't forget dessert, from pralines to king cakes. You'll be able to indulge to your heart's content. You may just want to bring some larger slacks for the trip home.
  • 52% say they want to save; while 47% want to splurge.
    - Whether you want to pinch pennies or join the high rollers club, Lake Charles has what you are looking for! For those who like to save, there are many affordable lodging options in Lake Charles with reasonably priced restaurants to keep you filled while you explore free attractions such as the natural splendor of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road or one of the many free festivals that happen throughout the year. If you are looking to pamper yourself, roll on up to one of our luxury casino resorts for fine dining, lavish accommodations, boutique shops, lush oasis-like pool/lazy river areas, and of course, exciting gaming options.

Need some ideas? 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 a few one, two and three-day itinerary ideas to get you started. 

Use the vacation planning tool and get to know the upside of downtime.