Las Vegas may always be known as Sin City and hundreds of thousands of people will visit there every year to gamble, but there are many other places that have fabulous casinos as well. Whether you’re looking for something a little more low key, a casino closer to home, or just want to try your hand at a different gambling spot, there are plenty of options.
Here are the 10 best casino destinations outside of Las Vegas:
1 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City used to be the Las Vegas of the East Coast. It may not be what it was in its heyday, with the closing of a number of big casinos, including the Trump Taj Mahal, but there’s a certain louche charm to the quintessential beach town that has gone from boom to bust. And there are signs that casino fortunes are improving, with announcements of the reopening of Revel in 2017. Visitors can enjoy the boardwalk, shopping, and dining at some amazing restaurants as well as gambling at the remaining casinos. A few of the popular casinos can be found at the Borgata Hotel Casino, Caesars Atlantic City, and Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.
2 Niagara Falls
There are casinos on both sides of the falls, so people can experience gambling on either side of the border. You must be 19 to gamble in Canada, 21 on the New York side. The Canadian side offers more in the way of additional entertainment with theater and shows as well as plenty of hotels and restaurants. When everyone isn’t gambling, they can take a ride on the Maid of the Mist before walking up the humongous hill to all of the stores.
3 Reno, Nevada
Reno used to be the go to place for casino gambling and there was a time when it was more popular than Las Vegas. It claims the title of “The Biggest Little City in the World” and Harrah’s Entertainment originated here. Anyone who loves to gamble, but doesn’t love crowds will want to play the slots, blackjack, keno, poker, and more in Reno. Reno is a year round resort destination, with luxury hotels, world class restaurants, and top notch entertainment. Outdoor activities range from winter skiing to summer kayaking. Special events are scheduled 300 days of the year!
4 Biloxi, Mississippi
Biloxi has eight casino resorts and each one has more than gambling on site. Guests can also take advantage of the resorts’ golf courses, entertainment venues, upscale restaurants, and buffet restaurants. Tunica has quite a few big-name performers, but Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are also fabulous.
5 Shreveport, Louisiana
Shreveport takes casino gambling to a new level with riverboat casinos. These riverboats are along the Red River and people can step back in time as soon as they step on board. Casino gambling is not the only way people can bet in Shreveport though. At Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, people can watch live thoroughbred racing as well as quarter horse racing. There is nothing better than placing a bet for the winning horse. Well, unless a person manages to place a winning bet for the top three!
6 Mashantucket and Uncasville, Connecticut
There are two casinos in this area and each one is quite unique. Mohegan Sun has gambling, shopping, dining, and major headliners for performances. Foxwoods also has gambling, shopping, and dining, but down the road from the casino you’ll find the largest Native American museum in the world. In between gambling, people will also want to venture a little way down the road to the coastal town of Mystic. This cozy little town was made famous by the movie, Mystic Pizza.
7 Verona, New York
Verona is just outside of Syracuse and there is so much to do in the area besides gambling. People can go shopping at the outlets or Syracuse’s large mall, Destiny USA. Another must do for people who are not local to the area is making a stop at Wegmans. Wegmans is a popular grocery store in Western New York and once a person has been there, no other grocery store will compare. They have much more than groceries too. A person can eat a full meal at one of the multiple restaurants inside.
8 Saratoga Springs, New York
New York is beginning to see a few more casinos in recent years. The one in Saratoga Springs has been going through renovations as well as expansions. There is another casino approximately 40 minutes south of Saratoga Springs, so people can go between the two for a fabulous gambling experience. Saratoga Springs is where the wealthy used to vacation decades ago as it was always the place to be seen. While many people who visit still have money, it has also become popular with families. It is a short drive to Lake George, Lake Placid, and any of the Adirondack Mountains.
9 Tampa, Florida
Casinos have been in Florida for a long time, but they expanded as more and more people began to retire there. In all, the Seminole tribe operates seven casinos in Florida, but the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is Florida’s largest, with a Four Diamond hotel, renowned restaurants, and shops to keep visitors busy. The centerpiece of the entertainment complex is the twenty-four-hour casino, similar to Las Vegas, where guests can gamble at any hour of the day or night. People can go from the beach to the casino and back again all day long.
10 Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe straddles the state line between California and Nevada, but the casino action is all on the Nevada side. Lake Tahoe has long been known as a place to go when a person wants to spend time outdoors, but that doesn’t mean that a person cannot enjoy the casinos that are in the area. Imagine playing the slots or table games and then stepping outside to views of the magnificent lake or the spectacular mountains.
All of these destinations are family friendly, so even though the children cannot enter the casinos, they can still enjoy the area. This makes these places perfect for family vacations at any time of the year.