Lake Charles Louisiana a secret delight

Take a beautiful national park complete with nature trails, alligators, wildlife in- cluding pink cranes, add a beach, some casinos, plenty of local history, some great local food and a rum distillery and what have you got?

Lake Charles in southwest Louisiana, about two to three hours’ drive west of New Or- leans and about the same dis- tance east from Houston in Texas. It’s a town of about 100,000 people with its own port, airport and rail connec- tions, as well as the interstate highway.

I had the opportunity to spend 48 hours there breaking my journey from New Orleans to Houston and was entranced by the variety and the beauty. View PDF

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