A man reels in a catch at one of Louisiana’s great fishing destinations

You don’t need to go far to get away with a 72-hour trip around the western part of Louisiana. From outdoor adventures in Toledo Bend State Park to a jazzy brunch with fresh Southern flare in Lake Charles, there’s something for everyone on this list—even the kids. Make these six stops must-sees on your next drive through Sportsman’s Paradise. 

DO : Toledo Bend
Go mud-boggin’, giddy-up on horseback, and rough it or resort it with plenty of outdoor adventures and top-notch indoor luxury.
Many, LA

SHOP : Historic Village of Grand Cane
Step back in time with a quaint shopping experience including antique shops, stylish boutiques and cute eateries.
Grand Cane, LA 

Louisiana is known for its stellar craft beer/breweries

DANCE : Rikenjaks Brewing Company
Bring the kids, bring the dog and bring your sense of adventure for craft beer, comfort food and a beyond-compare good time.
3716 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA

SEE : Myths & Legends Byway
Tall pines and tall tales—take the scenic route back in time to explore myths, legends and even some cool blackberry farms!
DeRidder, LA

EAT : Luna Bar & Grill
Funday Sunday with a Jazz Brunch that brings out the locals for good food, great drinks and live music that’s sure to get you on your feet!
719 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA

FOR THE KIDS : USS Orleck Naval Museum Lake Charles
Touch history and feel the spirit—that’s the rally cry aboard one of the most decorated US Naval Destroyer ships since WWII, and if that’s not enough, they’ll love the laser tag!
Lake Charles, LA

A man casts a line off his boat in one of Louisiana’s great fishing destinations

This quick tour of Louisiana’s best spots in the west is sure to please the whole family. It’s perfect for any time of year and is all within a day’s drive from Houston, so pack up the car and take this short but scenic trip for a memorable getaway along the Gulf Coast. For more information, visit staycation.louisianatravel.com/staycation/itinerary.

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