Lake Charles is in the Acadiana region of Louisiana and is well known for gaming and the great outdoors, culinary delights and rhythm and blues. There are over 75 annual festivals from the splendor of Mardi Gras to the swashbuckling days of the Contraband Days Pirate Festival, there is something going on nearly every weekend.
For years, Lake Charles has been a gambling destination primarily attracting tourists from nearby Houston and New Orleans. Since casino gambling is illegal in Texas, many residents come to Lake Charles. Having casinos since the 70s, the L'auberge du lac impacted the region as the first full service resort in the area. Since then, the Golden Nugget opened, adding another full service resort. Lake Charles remains as having 5 casinos considered to be in the area (L'auberge, Golden Nugget, Isle of Capri, Delta Downs, and Coushatta). While gambling is the primary tourist attraction, many visitors enjoy shopping and dining during the stay.