Home to a strong economy and thriving industrial sector, the transformation of Lake Charles into a hub for energy production is well-documented by $110 billion in planned capital investments for the region over the last seven years, as well as the top industries and businesses in Lake Charles and its surrounding area that collectively power the economy of Southwest Louisiana. Lake Charles is a perfect location for a Louisiana/Texas combination tour located just 75 miles from Lafayette and 60 miles from Beaumont, Texas. And nearly 8,000 hotel rooms in Southwest Louisiana offer a wide range of options, services, and amenities.
Lake Charles is one of the fastest-growing metro areas and is projected to add 6,800 jobs over the next two years at a 3.1 percent job growth, according to economist Loren Scott’s annual Louisiana Economic Outlook. From major industrial expansions along the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the Mississippi River, and from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the river, there are many reasons to work, do business, and live in Lake Charles.
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Things to Do in Lake Charles
Southwest Louisiana hosts over 75 annual festivals, from individual cities’ Mardi Gras to Louisiana Pirate Festival to Christmas celebrations. From golf greens and spas to horseracing and island time getaways, there are a variety of casino venues, and in addition, a vibrant nightlife with headlining entertainment at the casinos or local artists at the more intimate live music venues.
Arts and culture are alive and well in Southwest Louisiana. You will find diverse styles and mediums of art. Whether you spot a mural or statue on the street, peruse through one of the many quality galleries partake in a concert from the Lake Charles Symphony, or enjoy a theatrical performance from a local theatre or ballet company. Southwest Louisiana is rich in history from pirates and buried treasure to sulfur mining and railroad hubs, our six cities each have a unique story to tell. Step back in time and experience the history of Southwest Louisiana at museums like the DeQuincy Railroad Museum or the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Take a tour through historic districts to see classic examples of early 1900s architecture. For delightful shopping with authentic selections and cultural experiences, visitors will enjoy spending time in the Cottage Shops District in mid-town Lake Charles.
Experience Lake Charles: Lake Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lake Charles - Registered Business Directory
Port of Lake Charles - Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District
Lake Charles Hotels
Lake Charles Business Chamber Events
Lake Charles American Press Newspaper
NBC - KPLC Channel 7
FOX - SWLA ABC Channel 29
CBS - KLFY Channel 10
National Public Radio Lake Charles, 89.9 WWNO FM