You know the old story. For decades now, every national poll that has come out has pretty much trashed Louisiana for a variety of reasons, but according to a new poll conducted by U.S. Tourism Quality, the Lake Charles area is the #2 small-town destination for vacationers in the country.

The destinations are ranked based upon a number of factors including; culture, entertainment, sightseeing, sports, adventure, culinary, and lodging. Just a few short years ago, the Lake Area would have never shown up in such a poll. National polls such as the one prepared by U.S. Tourism Quality carry a lot of weight with travel magazines and publications, as well as tourist agencies.

Shelly Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, said:

With everyone working together, great things can be accomplished, from hosting successful events, conferences, media tours or the individual leisure traveler."

According to the report, Here's how various small-town destinations ranked:

#1 - Tallahassee, Florida

#2 - Lake Charles, Louisiana

#3 - Bend, Oregon

#4 - Augusta, Georgia

#5 - Greenville, South Carolina

You can visit the bureau online at www.VisitLakeCharles.org, or follow it at VisitLakeCharles on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. You can also read and subscribe to the Visit Lake Charles blog.