When you think of casinos and gambling, what is the first place that comes to mind? If you don’t say Las Vegas, you’re probably lying, but all of North America is chock-full of flashy, ritzy, and over-the-top amazing casino resorts. Meaning, Vegas isn’t the only place to venture to for your gambling and entertainment needs, folks!
From Sin City to Atlantic City, these are the incredible casinos that gambling enthusiasts need to check off their bucket list. You’re going to want to open an Expedia tab because there’s no way you won’t book a trip after seeing these casino resorts.
Wynn — Las Vegas, Nevada
In 2019, with a 75% five-star rating, The Wynn secured the number one spot for top-rated casino and resort in the US. Not surprising, considering all of the awards the resort has won: AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five-Star, and Forbes Five-Star, to name a few. Located on the notorious Las Vegas strip in Paradise, Nevada, the casino’s game floor is decked out with slot machines and over 165 table games. Talk about a gambler’s dream!
Aside from the luxurious casino, the resort also has 2,716 rooms, ranging from nightclubs and restaurants to hotel rooms with views of the Lake of Dreams.
Encore at Wynn — Las Vegas, Nevada
With the Wynn at number one, is it any surprise that its sister casino and resort, the Encore at Wynn, was able to snag second place in the top-rated list? Albeit not as large as Wynn, the Encore is still massive and sports all the bells and whistles of a five-star place.
The casino is a solid 60,000 square foot area with 850 slot machines and 110 game tables. This includes state-of-the-art sportsbook and poolside gaming! If you need me, I’ll be in the pool drinking a fruity cocktail and betting on some horse races.
Mount Airy Casino Resort — Poconos, Pennsylvania
Located in northern Pennsylvania, the Mount Airy Casino Resort is the perfect place for a winter getaway. There is all-day fun to be had on the game floor, and not to mention multiple on-site restaurants if you’re feeling down on your luck, including Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen and a Get Wet poolside bar.
The casino is made up of 70 table games, a poker room, tournaments you can join, and over 1,800 slot machines. Whether you want to gamble or hit the slopes, there’s plenty for everyone here.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino — Hollywood, Florida
Even though the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino isn’t near the Florida coast, there is still fun to be had. The 140,000 square foot casino is situated in the heart of the resort. With over 2,000 slots and more than 100 game tables, it’s hard for gamblers to ignore all of the action.
If you plan to visit, I hope you’re a thrill-seeker. It’s rumored that Anna Nicole Smith’s ghost resides in the hotel, haunting the lobby and the room where she passed away. The hotel has reordered the room numbers in hopes that guests would stop booking the suite!
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino — Atlantic City, New Jersey
CityAtlantic.com says it best: “So you’re thinking to yourself, I would like to be served cocktails by the ancient Roman Pantheon. Is this unreasonable? Certainly not!” With its Roman-inspired decor (hello, faux Caeser status and columns) Caeser’s in Atlantic City is a bit eccentric. But let’s be honest, after a few drinks you’ll wish you were rocking a toga and strappy leather sandals. It is Atlantic City, so you won’t look too out of place!
A rooftop pool bar, sprawling casino, a toga bar, and not to mention a luxury bath and spa, the Caeser is not shy when it comes to its attractions!
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino — Biloxi, Mississippi
One word: waterfront. The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is located right on the sandy shores of Biloxi Beach, Mississippi. This award-winning venue was severely damaged in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina but was rebuilt and re-opened a year later.
The casino has 1,800 of the newest slot machines on the market, not to mention an array of table games that are sure to keep you busy! Or, if you feel like stepping away from the tables, the on-site Fallen Oak golf course, designed by legendary course architect, Tom Fazio, is a must-do. Not to mention it’s exclusive to guests of the resort!
Foxwoods Resort Casino — Mashantucket, Connecticut
It’s hard to get bored at this flashy, four-star resort and casino. The sprawling entertainment and hotel complex resides on acres of Connecticut woodlands. Guests can go shopping at boutiques, dine at 35 different restaurants, and, of course, frequent the resort’s enormous casino. The game floor houses more than 250 tables with 22 different kinds of games, a racing book with 50-foot television screens, and more than 4,800 slot machines. The options are endless!
If you’re looking for a different kind of adrenaline rush that doesn’t include cards, dice, or slots, there’s even a 350-foot tall, 3,750-foot long zip-line running through the property!
Mohegan Sun — Uncasville, Connecticut
As one of the largest hotel and casino in the country, Mohegan Sun is not short on activities! With a younger vibe than its competitor, Foxwoods, the resort caters to shoppers, foodies (anyone like Bobbly Flay’s cooking?), music lovers, and people who are looking for a luxurious spa day. For those who would like to partake in a bit of gambling, there are more than 300 game tables, not to mention 33 separate poker tables and nearly 5,000 slot machines.
Ladies, drop your husbands off on the game floor and head on over to the spa for a bit of relaxation! You deserve it.
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino — Las Vegas, Nevada
If you want to experience Paris, France, without actually flying there, look no further than Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The hotel boasts a half-scale, a 540-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon, a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, and a model of La Fontaine des Mers. Talk about your foreign tourist attractions!
Inside the hotel and casino, guests will find a variety of games, entertainment, and dining. The game floor has a wide host of game tables, over 1,700 slot machines, and not to mention race and sports books. There’s never a chance to be bored!
The Venetian — Las Vegas, Nevada
Gondola rides through the “Grand Canal,” international boutiques, and 19 different dining experiences — sign me up! The Venetian brings all of the charm and romance of Italy to the Las Vegas strip. Guests can stay in the world’s largest suites and gamble in one of the most elegant casinos.
To put it in perspective, The Venetian is part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex in the world, having a total of 4,049 suites and 4,059 hotel rooms in addition to a 120,000 square foot casino. And if you’re tired of the slots, the resort is home to one of the best hotel spas in the world.
Bellagio — Las Vegas, Nevada
One of the famed features of the Bellagio is the large dancing water fountain located between the casino resort and the strip. You probably recognize the synchronized water dancing from movies such as The Hangover and Oceans 11.
Even with its massive casino, professional poker players prefer to play in the poker rooms they call “The Office” due to the high table limits. This includes the high-stakes Big Game located in “Bobby’s Room.” The bets can range up to $8,000 with the pots of the game exceeding $1 million. With those stakes, maybe play a bit of online poker before propositioning the pros!
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino— Las Vegas, Nevada
When MGM Grand opened in 1993, it was the largest hotel complex in the world. Now, it’s the third, right behind The Venetian and The Palazzo. Meaning, it’s massive. The main building has 30 floors, and the property includes five outdoor pools, rivers, waterfalls, a convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the Grand Spa.
Most importantly, MGM is home to the largest casino in Clark County, a whopping 171,500 square-foot game floor. There are more than 2,500 slot machines as well as 139 poker and game tables. Don’t forget the special high limits slots with their $500,000 payout!
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa — Atlantic City, New Jersey
If you want to visit this casino resort, make sure to take a lot of time off work! The Borgata is the largest hotel in New Jersey, featuring 2,002 rooms, a casino, spa, lots of entertainment options, and fine dining. The gaming floor is 161,00 square feet and offers 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, and 50 poker tables.
If you feel like taking a break from the tables, visit The Borgata Event Center, a music venue that has performances by stars like Stevie Nix. Even the casino holds boxing and mixed martial arts events for those more interested in sports. There is something for everyone at the Borgata!
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas — Las Vegas, Nevada
If you’re looking for a luxurious stay on the Las Vegas strip, look no further than The Cosmo. This resort features 3,027 hotel room (hello, private terrace!), a 110,000 square-foot casino that has beautiful views of the strip, multiple high-end dining options, a spa, fitness center, and even a 3,200-seat theater. There are zero reasons to leave the resort, perfect for homebodies!
If you’re a theater-goer, the resident production troop is Spiegelworld. They perform an adult-only show called Opium, taking place on a spaceship with a destination of Uranus. Did I mention that the stage elevates? If you’re not much of a gambler, this is a must-see.
MGM National Harbor — Oxon Hill, Maryland
MGM National Harbor is located on 23 acres just north of Oxon Hill’s waterfront district. The 23-story hotel features 308 rooms, a 135,00 square-foot gaming space, shops, a spa, and is the proud home of a permanent art collection inspired by the Washington metropolitan area!
The venue has hosted events such as Miss World in 2016, Cher in 2017, Britney Spears in 2018, and earlier this year Mariah Carey performed in a sold-out concert as part of her Piece of Me Tour. Needless to say, there is always something going on at MGM National Harbor!
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa — Lake Tahoe, Nevada
You can’t get a better view than what MontBleu has to offer! With the sweeping mountain range and beautiful lake, you may never leave. On 21 acres of land, the resort and casino include 438-rooms, 48,456 square feet of gaming space, a spa, and a 1,200-seat showroom.
If you’re a sports fanatic, be sure to check out The Party Pit located in The Zone Sportsbar & Sportsbook. The zone has more than 40 large-screens televisions and projection screens that showcase all of the sports highlights and top races of the day. If you’re on top of your sports knowledge, you’re a shoo-in for some big winnings!
Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, Nevada
Although it has all of the luxuries of its surrounding casinos, including a 135,000 square-foot gaming area, Mandalay Bay is incredible because of the other attractions it has to offer. Namely the sprawling 11-acre pool area called Mandalay Beach. The space has three heated pools, a wave pool with connecting kiddie pool, a lazy river with a small waterfall, and even a wave machine. There is also a 21-and-over pool called Moorea which has a swim-up bar!
The Shark Reef Aquarium, which includes two tunnel walk-throughs, is another attraction open to guests. Looks like the designers wanted to stick with an aquatic theme!
Aria Resort and Casino — Las Vegas, Nevada
Aria is not your ordinary hotel. Described in Popular Mechanics as “the most technologically advanced hotel ever built,” this resort is why people believe technology is taking over the world. The design is specifically catered towards the reduction of energy consumption. The innovation made it the largest hotel in the world to have earned a LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Aside from all the techie attributes, Aria sports a 150,000 square foot gaming floor, a pool area with cabanas, a salon and spa, bars and night clubs, and 16 restaurants — foodies will not be in short supply of delicious cuisine!
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino — Las Vegas, Nevada
Not to be confused with Caesar’s in Atlantic City. The Las Vegas casino and resort was built in 1966 with the vision of giving guests a sense of life during the Roman Empire. I’m not positive if the empire had a 124,181 square-foot gaming space, but that’s neither here nor there. Caesar’s is also a venue for live music and sports. Legendary performers such as Frank Sinatra and Elton John have showcased their talents in The Colosseum.
The casino resort also houses multiple restaurants, ranging from Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill, which is an English pub, to the Nobu Restaurant which serves Asian cuisine.
Turning Stone Resort and Casino — Verona, New York
Turning Stone is a hidden gem, offering tranquility while still accommodating those who like nightly entertainment. The resort houses a few different accommodation options: The Lodge, The tower, and The Hotel. The Lodge even does nightly s’more roasts! Excuse me while I book my ticket.
Along with a broad range of your favorite table games, slot machines, bingo, and sports books, this New York resort has nightclubs, bars, a spa and fitness center, and three championship golf courses! There is also a cabernet-style showroom that hosts live music, comedy shows, and DJ performances.