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The Nicest American Casinos Outside Of Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known as the casino capital of the world, but the United States has plenty of nice venues outside of The Strip. If you’re looking to have a little fun for a night or for a weekend, you might not need to fly to the Silver State. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite casinos outside of Nevada, so whether you’re looking for action or for a weekend getaway, consider these spots for your next journey:
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
The Beau Rivage Resort gets a lot of love from visitors among American casinos. It gets the most five-star reviews on TripAdvisor of any venue outside of Las Vegas. The casino opened up shop in 1999, and has 110 table games and 1800 slots, but what really makes it stand out is the building itself. With 1,780 rooms and 95 luxury suites, it’s actually the tallest building in Mississippi. And if it kind of reminds you of the Bellagio in Las Vegas, you’re not wrong. Originally, it was slated to be built where the Bellagio is in Las Vegas, but they instead decided to construct it on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
WinStar World Casino
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
WinStar is a mega-venue that rivals the gaming of any spot in the country. There are more than 400,000 square feet of action, which some say makes it the largest in the entire United States (they say they’re the biggest in the world). Tallying up the total, they have nine different gaming areas on the property that feature more than 100 table games, 55 poker tables and 8500 slots/electronic games. Once you’ve had your fill of winnings, you can check out the boutique shopping, high-end golf, the pool or spa to recharge before you get back at it.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Harrah’s has been one of the gaming must-sees in New Orleans since 1999. They’ve got a big selection with 105 table games and just over 1500 slots. It’s going to get even better as they’ve agreed to build a new $325 million hotel right at the foot of Canal Street.
If you’re looking to get a bite of that real New Orleans flavor, check out The Steakhouse, which features high-end American meat and local seafood. And if seafood is strictly your focus, dive into the oysters at the Grand Isle Seafood Restaurant, which features the best of the Gulf’s catches each day.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Location: Farmington, Pennsylvania
The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is one of the most unique places to spend a weekend in the United States. Not only is there a casino, so you can have a little action, there’s also a shooting academy, fishing, a couple of high-end golf courses and much more. If you’re looking for a special spot to dine, Lautrec is a Five Diamond (AAA), Five Star (Forbes) and is an exquisite choice. It’s just one of 30 restaurants worldwide to hold both of those accolades. There’s a gorgeous interior inside that makes you want to just drink and dine for hours. With a 1200-bottle wine list, you’ll have plenty of options to imbibe.
In terms of the casino gaming, that all happens at the Lady Luck casino. There are 29 table games and 600 slots to play.
Location: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
The Greenbrier is a grand, ‘ol building. When you walk through the extraordinary North Entrance, you feel like you’re walking into a piece of history. The building itself was built in 1858, and is much more than just a casino gaming venue. The hotel has hosted 27 different American Presidents, and also serves as an emergency bunker underneath the hotel, which you can now tour. It’s also an iconic golf course, which is used annually by the PGA Tour (Greenbrier Classic), so if you’re looking to hit the links, this is an ideal spot.
In terms of the gaming space, it’s a cozy little spot. There are 35 different table games and 320 gaming machines, so you’ll find plenty of action, but it’s quite different than the modern-day behemoths.
MGM National Harbor
Location: Oxon Hill, Maryland
If you’re up in the Northeast and are looking for a Vegas-like experience, the MGM National Harbor is one of your best bets. This MGM property isn’t as gigantic as many of the spots on the Las Vegas Strip. But it definitely offers that same type of feel. Not only is there a glitzy and glossing gaming floor (with more than 3100 slots and tons of table games), there’s a full spa, a big concert hall and plenty of fine dining. The menu at MGM National Harbor includes the Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, an Italian gem in Osteria Costa and a detail-oriented Asian restaurant in Ginger. If you’re looking for more casual options, there’s a big food court. It includes a Shake Shack and TAP, which is a casual sports bar.
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
The Mohegan Sun casino is one of the biggest gaming outlets outside of Las Vegas – or maybe even including Las Vegas – as they offer a 300,000 square foot space for gaming. They’re an absolutely behemoth with 1,563 hotel rooms and a whopping 45 restaurants and bars. There’s also golf, shopping, a spa and nightly entertainment, so you’ll never get bored. The Mandarin Spa, which is in the Sky Tower, is highly recommended. Go get a nice massage. Ask them to focus on your hands, forearms and shoulders after a long day of gaming.
Encore Boston Harbor
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
From all of the casinos on this list, the Encore Boston Harbor might be the latest to open. Needless to say, it’s one of the most beautiful places you can play in the United States. The gaming floor features more than 1800 different slots as well as just shy of 200 table games. When you’re looking for a break from the action, the Wynn Collection of curated shops, the resplendent rooms or some incredible dining might be in the cards. In terms of the culinary scene, Rare Steakhouse and the charming Italian spot Fratelli’s are both highly recommended.
Location: Atlantic City
The Borgata is an iconic spot in Atlantic City as its shiny windows/exterior really makes it standout from the crowd. The casino, which opened in 2003, offers more than 3000 gaming machines as well as nearly 200 table games.
What’s really fun about this place is all of the extra, though. You can now bet on sports there in the sportsbook, visit the spa, and dine at some really special places. Restaurants from Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck or Michael Symon. This is an all-encompassing resort that makes weekend getaways a lot of fun.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Location: Hollywood, Florida
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood is one of the nicest options available in Florida. Known as the world’s first “guitar hotel”, the casino recently underwent a $1.5 billion expansion in October of 2019. The new gaming floor is now over 30,000 square feet with over 200 table games and 3100 slot machines. The 45-table poker room also gets a lot of love in the poker community. What they particularly do well here – in the whole casino – is catering to all types of players. You can wager as little as a $1 or slots up to $1000.
When you’ve had your fill of action, unwind at Council Oak, Cipresso or Abiaka. A few of the many fine dining options in the casino. Or check out Hard Rock Live for the ongoing entertainment.