When you want a domestic vacation that includes a lot of gambling, deciding where to go isn’t an easy feat. After all, the U.S. is home to over 1,500 casinos, more than any other country in the world. To narrow things down, we’ve come up with a list of eight amazing casinos in the country. And while we’re well aware that Las Vegas is the undisputed king of casino resorts, our collection includes locations from the east to west coast.
The casino industry is one of Connecticut’s largest employers, which is no surprise given that it’s home to places like Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket. With The Fox Tower hotel attached, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino is a sprawling entertainment complex that appeals to both locals and vacationing visitors. It boasts six casinos, which means there are plenty of options as to where you drop — and hopefully win — your money. Guests also have access to Foxwoods’ two golf courses, two-story arcade, restaurants, spas, and the attached Tanger Outlet Mall. The hotel itself is about a 10-minute walk to the main part of Foxwoods, and has its own small casino, a full-service spa, a fitness area, four on-site restaurants (one of which doubles as a nightclub), the Grand Theater with popular live entertainment, and a gigantic outdoor pool.
Located on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation, just east of Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is the type of place you can check into and not leave until your vacation’s done. Aside from the live shows, great golfing options, pools, and spa, the casino tempts with plenty of slots and traditional table games, plus a cocktail lounge, which is ideal for interrupting those losing streaks. Above the upmarket casino, the elegant Orange Sky restaurant offers fine dining and great views of the mountainous horizon.
Everyone has their own favorite Vegas casino and specific criteria on which they choose it. That being said, selecting just one casino from the most famous gambling city in the world is, well, tough. We’ve opted for the Bellagio because in addition to being one of the biggest casinos (156,000-square-feet) and having thousands of slot machines (2,499) and hundreds of gaming tables (207), the Italian villa-themed resort also has those magical dancing fountains. From the sophisticated rooms with high-tech amenities to the jaw-dropping splendor of the botanical gardens, the Bellagio is the embodiment of Vegas luxury.
Like a resort lifted out of Tuscany and passed through an American strip mall, the Italian-themed Peppermill is situated a short distance from the hustle and bustle of downtown Reno. The property offers an authentic, upmarket casino resort experience, with slot machines, gaming tables, card tables, and keno, as well as a race and sports book. Plus, the spacious rooms, attractive outdoor pool area, and variety of restaurants, lounges, and striking architecture only make the Peppermill even more of a crowd pleaser.
Anyone who has watched “Boardwalk Empire” knows Atlantic City is a place with some colorful history. While the New Jersey destination isn’t Vegas, it has a Vegas-style resort with its own charm. The massive Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is one of the city’s finest places to gamble, with a casino floor spanning 161,000 square feet. When you’ve had your fill of the 200 table games and 4,100 slot machines, fill up on steak at Bobby Flay Steak, take a dip in the Italian-style indoor pool, break a sweat in the spacious fitness center, or unwind in the spa. Overlooking the marina at Renaissance Pointe, the 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has an enviable location on the outskirts of Atlantic City. Rooms at the hotel are tiered, appealing to a range of clients, from the classic rooms to to high roller suites.
Within walking distance of Niagara Falls State Park and Goat Island, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is the only hotel with a casino on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, making it a destination in its own right. The casino is massive, with over 3,000 slot machines, around 100 gaming tables, and 16 poker tables, plus a separate keno lounge. On top of that, the Vegas-style resort features spacious, contemporary rooms that come with lovely river views, multiple dining options and bars (though food gets mixed reviews), an indoor pool with hot tub, a spa and beauty salon, a modern fitness center, and several shops and boutiques.
Not many casinos come with their own private beach, but, well, this one does. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is a picturesque place to drop your dollars on the spin of the wheel. Handsomely decorated lakefront cottages provide the accommodation should you need to leave the 24-hour casino and game room. Set on the shore of Lake Tahoe, the beautiful location is part of the appeal of the property. Plus, a combination of water sports, indoor/outdoor pool, spa, and myriad of dining and drinking options make it the ideal choice for families and groups who want a casino vacation with extras.
Beating the more traditional Beau Rivage Resort & Casino as our southern pick in Biloxi, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a hip and stylish upmarket casino resort that appeals to both couples and groups looking to party in between trips to the slots. Being a Hard Rock resort means there’s plenty of music-influenced entertainment to turn to when you need a break from gambling, including the rock music museum, concert hall, and disco. The casino covers 50,000 square feet, with 1,300 slots and 50 game tables. Plus, guests can stay in modern, spacious rooms — some of which some have outstanding views of the Gulf of Mexico.
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