Destination guide

Experience the bayou in Lake Charles

For a taste of Louisiana culture, food, and wildlife, check out Lake Charles vacation rentals. Located in the southwest corner of the state, Lake Charles plays host to fascinating animals common in the bayou, such as alligators, armadillos, and over 400 bird species. Families and groups of travelers can explore the natural Lake Charles ecosystem in one of many guided tours, or by simply traveling down part of the 180-mile Creole Nature Trail. The city also boasts a reputation for tasty boudin—a Louisiana culinary favorite—and impressive local museums.

Things to do

Enjoy the food and history of Lake Charles

Food connoisseurs love Lake Charles, as the city’s restaurants serve boudin, a Cajun sausage made from pork and rice. To sample a wide array of boudin, journey along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail, which is a short day trip from many Lake Charles vacation rentals. After you’ve had your fill, take the whole family to the USS Orleck Naval Museum, one of the most interesting Lake Charles places of interest. At the museum, you can learn about the sailors and ships that fought in the second World War. For a pop of color and spirit, stop by the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu.


Get the best of Louisiana wildlife in Lake Charles

Lake Charles family activities often involve a healthy dose of nature. To get the full experience of the local wildlife, visit the Creole Nature Trail. The trail is a long stretch of Louisiana landscape that has natural sanctuaries as well as bird watching, hunting and fishing spots. Lake Charles is home to the Nature Trail Adventure Point, an interactive and educational center that is made especially to help kids get ready to experience the trail. Of course, the lake itself offers endless possibilities for picnics, sandcastles, and hiking.


Soak up the heat in Lake Charles

Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, southern Louisiana does not experience the same intense heat as the northern region of the state. Lake Charles weather is pleasantly warm in July, and temperatures typically do not go above the mid 90s. Winter temperatures in the area rarely drop below 40 degrees, and the year-round average temperature is mild 68 degrees. Heavy rains help to sustain the unique bayou wildlife and typically level off after the summer months, making October and November good times to visit. However, given the mild weather, there’s never a bad time to reserve Lake Charles vacation rentals.

Natural features

Lake Charles’ coastal wetlands a hub for beauty and wildlife

Lake Charles is situated on the National Creole Trail, which means it encompasses some of the state’s incredible coastal wetlands. These ecosystems, though challenged by environmental threats, play a large role in protecting the city from tropical storms and providing the necessary nutrients for a diverse wildlife population. Marsh grass covers much of the land and helps keep the wetlands intact. Each year, migratory birds make their home among the marsh grass and wildflowers. Curious families will love a Lake Charles nature drive—you might even spot an alligator.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lake Charles

Fly into Lake Charles, LA (LCH-Lake Charles Regional), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Lake Charles Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Charles?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 49 vacation rentals near Lake Charles. From 30 Houses to 3 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Charles for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake Charles?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake Charles. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Charles Station: 40 vacation rentals
  • North Beach Interstate 10: 47 vacation rentals
  • Sam Houston Jones State Park: 29 vacation rentals
  • Lauberge Casino Lake Charles: 49 vacation rentals
  • Prien Lake Mall: 49 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Charles listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lake Charles?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 30 Houses in Lake Charles. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake Charles include:

  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake Charles?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake Charles. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.