7) Lake Charles, Louisiana
Southwest Louisiana’s Lake Charles has long been the muse of poets and songwriters alike. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to slow down a pace and spend at least a few days or longer. There are a variety of ways to experience the nature and beauty here. Biking, pontoons, kayaks and airboats are among the ways to enjoy the splendor of Louisiana’s Outback. Lake Charles is also home to the only white-sand inland beach of the Gulf Coast region. It’s made up of shells ground by nature into a fine powder that feels like sand. The world-famous Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a driving adventure where you can view local wildlife on your way to the beach. There are a variety of budget-friendly hotels, as well as B&B’s and RV campgrounds. And don’t forget your appetite. Boudin Trail is the place for that down-home Louisiana family style cuisine!