I’m really excited to interview Shalisa Roland, the director of public relations for Visit Lake Charles, about Lake Charles, Louisiana. Shalisa’s tips for the best things to do in Lake Charles are awesome because she moved here six months ago from Shreveport and loves the can-do spirit of the locals.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Lake Charles, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Lake Charles
The local airport is Lake Charles Regional Airport (LCH), which is about a 15-minute drive to downtown. It’s primarily serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines through their commuter planes. If you want more airline or flight choices, Houston is two hours west, and New Orleans is three hours east.
Shalisa says that you should get a car if you want to explore the surrounding areas. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz. However, if you want to stay in the city’s core, you can get a taxi or use Uber and Lyft to get around.
Lake Charles is one of many cities along the GATOR Road Trip, which covers many stops along the Gulf Coast. NerdWallet found that this area may offer the cheapest road trip in America.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Shalisa Roland about Lake Charles, Louisiana. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Green dots = best things to do in Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Who is Shalisa Roland?
Shalisa Roland is a Texas native and Louisiana adoptee. Originally from Nacogdoches, Texas, Shalisa left her hometown to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mass communications at LSU Shreveport. There, she discovered her passion for travel and tourism at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. With six years in the hospitality industry, Shalisa decided to move from North Louisiana to Southwest Louisiana in early 2022 as the director of public relations for Visit Lake Charles.
Being part of the area’s comeback story drives her to share the authentic stories of the Calcasieu Parish with the rest of the world for a living. Her philosophy is that travel produces the most well-rounded, open-minded, and creative humans on the planet. You can go to school for decades and earn an infinite amount of degrees, but nothing prepares you for the real world like travel. The farther you travel outside of your comfort zone, the more you can dive into other destinations. You’ll experience cultures, people, experiences, and food to expand your mind to unimaginable dimensions. It will never be the same again. Your vision sharpens, and your interpersonal skills become pristine. Those skills can navigate you through the world when school cannot.
Here is more information about this destination:
- Podcast with Kyle Edmiston of Visit Lake Charles. Why Lake Charles is described as wearing a little black dress with flip flops.
- Inspiration Guide for Visitors
- Media Information for Writers Visiting the City
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Connie Pearson of There Goes Connie shares the best things to do in Hartselle, Alabama. In this episode, Connie and I talk about the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival, the story behind Tom’s Wall, and catching a show at The Princess Theatre. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
To learn more about cities along the Gulf Coast, please listen to our other episodes:
- Rodeo Houston, NASA Space Center & Blue Lagoon in Houston, Texas
- Cajun Gumbo and Swamp Tours in Lafayette, Louisiana
- French Quarter, Live Jazz & WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Ship Island, Crawfish Festival & Coastal Casinos in Gulfport, Mississippi
- Roller Coasters, Impersonations, and the Beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama