Remember when Louisiana used to show up so badly in polls? WE, the tide has turned and Louisiana in general and south west Louisiana specifically are finally getting some much deserved credit. A recent poll conducted by AAA shows three attractions right here in the lake area as "Best in the South."

May I have the envelope please?

From AAA Magazine

Best Nature Trail/Natural Area:
Creole Nature Trail

Victor Monsour Photography

You’ll need binoculars, a hat, and sunscreen to explore the 180-mile trail in southwest Louisiana. Noted for fishing, birding, and other wetland wildlife, this trail has something to offer everyone, from serious outdoorsmen to a family seeking a pleasant afternoon hike. A plentiful selection of festivals celebrates the natural beauty and bounty along the trail, while refuges and sanctuaries help to protect this amazing resource., or (800) 456-SWLA (7952)


Best Casino: L’auberge

We asked readers to weigh everything–games, entertainment, food, and location–to name the best casino in the South. Pinnacle Entertainment’s L’Auberge casino, with locations in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, was chosen.

L’Auberge Casino Resort (AAA Three Diamond hotel) in Lake Charles was the original. With a spa, golf course, pool and lazy rivers, and boutiques, there’s more than gaming at L’Auberge to enjoy. And don’t forget headline entertainment, poolside concerts, and several restaurants.

Last August, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge opened. Check out the 12-story hotel that includes a rooftop pool overlooking the Mississippi River. Four dining venues, concerts, and an outdoor festival space (The Lawn) also are offered.


Best golf trail: Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail

There’s great golf to be discovered, and golfers just have to follow Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail to find a great place to play. The trail, which reaches all areas of the state, features 12 courses by renowned designers, including Hal Sutton, David Toms, and Pete Dye.

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Congratulations to these great attractions. You make us proud!

Special thanks to Victor Monsour for giving us permission to use his photo of the Creole Nature Trail.