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Lake Charles Trips

Residents in Southwest Louisiana have access to numerous travel destinations — including cities with everything from arts events and music performances to shopping and professional sports. While cities and nearby towns provide additional parks and collegiate sports opportunities, residents can take a short trip from Lake Charles to Central or Northeast Louisiana to explore the vast Kisatchie National Wildlife Refuge.
 
In three hours or less, Houston and New Orleans provide city destinations for Southwest Louisiana residents. These cities host popular art and music performances throughout the year; the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is just one such example. For year-round opportunities to see art, try the Houston Museum District or the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park — or see art in action with the portrait artists surrounding Jackson Park in the French Quarter. Of course, cities offer more than art — visitors will find numerous stores, restaurants, performances and family-friendly destinations such as zoos. In addition, family-friendly destinations are less than three hours away in Galveston Island, where families can enjoy 32 miles of gulf-front beaches, a major waterpark and Moody Gardens — a multi-site attraction with an aquarium, rainforest exhibit and science museum situated in pyramid-shaped buildings.
 
Within Louisiana, cities like Baton Rouge and Natchitoches offer popular events and collegiate sports, all of which are a short trip from Lake Charles. Baton Rouge’s three-day Bayou Country Super Fest in Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium is a key engagement for popular and emerging country and crossover artists. The stadium also attracts thousands of spectators for football match-ups.