12Lake Charles, Louisiana
When I say Louisiana, you say New Orleans. But, there is certainly more to the State than this notorious (and delightful) party town. Lake Charles is one such highlight. Lake Charles is located in Southwest Louisiana and boasts a Mardi Gras Museum which explores the history of the iconic festival through cultural information and colourful costumes. You can also head to the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center which features local art and a rotation of traveling exhibits. Another informative arts centre in town is the Imperial Calcasieu Museum which is guarded by the giant photo- friendly and centuries- old Sallier Oak tree. If you are a fan of all things art, you will definitely be a friend of Lake Charles, Louisiana.