Smiles, laughter, music, tasty Cajun/Creole food, the great outdoors and fun mixed in with luxurious resorts - Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is the perfect destination to relax and unwind. Four casino complexes boast everything from spas, outdoor and indoor dining, golf courses, retail, entertainment, pools, lazy rivers and Southern Hospitality.Foodies will love adventures in Lake Charles with the popular Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, Crying Eagle Brewery featuring tours and taproom hours as well as Rikenjaks Brewery with delicious food and live music 7 days a week. The Bayou Rum Distillery is a must-see for anyone interested in tasting rum made with Louisiana sugarcane and satsumas.If you want to seek out serenity, you can find it along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road. There, you can see alligators and other flora and fauna at wildlife refuges on the way to the beach. The 26 miles of Gulf beaches in this part of Louisiana are renowned for amazing shelling, so bring your sand pails. For more information, log onto www.visitlakecharles.org

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