Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana's Lake Charles region caters to visitors with everything from glitzy casinos to family-friendly festivals. With the Contraband Days Pirate Festival and dozens more celebrations each year, the area has a reputation as the Festival Capital of Louisiana. Visit the largest display of Mardi Gras costumes in the world, taste world-famous Cajun and Creole cuisine, and test your luck at the local casinos. Three wildlife refuges can be found along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, teeming with alligators, birds and more.

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