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Itching for a new vacation destination? We know just the place. Located just off Interstate 10 in Southwest Louisiana is Lake Charles, a spirited city with an insane dining scene and a pretty big backyard. The adventure begins in the downtown area, where art and history collide in a spectacular way in the Charpentier Historic District. This 40-block area showcases some of the finest and most unique historic homes in Louisiana. Though you can download the Lake Charles Historic Tour App, we highly recommend a carriage ride through the district instead so you can learn more about what makes these turn-of-the-century homes so unique to Lake Charles. Just outside the city limits you'll get a chance to explore Louisiana's Outback on along the Creole Nature Trail. Nicknamed Lakes Charles' All-American Road, the nature trail allows visitors to get up close and personal with the wildlife that call the marshland home. After a day of exploring, head back into town for a truly authentic Cajun dining experience. Don't be surprised if you see (or hear) a crowd just down the way either — Lake Charles is practically the festival capital of Louisiana with more than 75 festivals a year (that's more than one a week for the entire year!). Click and slide your mouse along the video below to see what else you can experience in Lake Charles this year.