Casino Getaways: Las Vegas and Beyond

While Vegas may be King of Casinos, it’s not the world’s only neon playground (as you’ll see in the video below). Check out these other gambling-friendly  U.S. and international cities and maybe discover a new casino getaway for Girls or Boys Night Out, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or a fun trip for a romantic couple. It might even be cheaper, and most of these destinations offer a lot more than games of chance.

Note: You must be 21 years old to enter many (maybe most) casinos.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney on cheap casino getaways.

U.S. Casino Destinations

Click the state to learn more about the region’s casinos and tourism. Click the city to find cheap flights.

California:

Southern California is home to several Indian hotel/casino complexes (Morongo, San Manuel and Pechanga among others) scattered throughout Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The greater Los Angeles area has venues offering card games including the old Hollywood Park thoroughbred racetrack in Inglewood. While in Southern California, go to the beach, head to Disneyland or Universal Studios or see the latest art exhibits at the Getty.

Connecticut:

The names to remember in the southeast part of this New England state are Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun. Both offer glossy hotels with large casinos as well as dedicated shopping venues, a range of restaurants plus entertainers (2015’s line-up included Barry Manilow, Fleetwood Mac, Linkin Park). Plus it’s a great place to be in the autumn to view the area’s impressive fall foliage.

Michigan:

According to 500Nations.com, there are more 19 Indian casinos scattered across the state, large and smaller plus there are three state-licensed casinos in Detroit. The latter include MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino-Hotel and the Motor City Casino Hotel. Take some time to explore the state and the Great Lakes lapping at its border which include more than 3,200 miles of coastline.

Nevada:

There is gambling throughout the state but these are the biggest venues.

Las Vegas: It can be crowded, noisy, garish and – for the losers – expensive. It can also be tons of fun. Plus, there’s plenty to do outside the casinos including golf, hiking, pool parties and shopping at designer boutiques.

Reno: Set in beautiful rugged country, there are plenty of Vegas-like hotels and many of the same extra-curricular activities like horseback-riding and water sports at Lake Tahoe, just an hour’s drive away.

New Jersey:

Atlantic City has the big hotels, neon lights, glitz and gambling of Vegas but it also has something Sin City doesn’t half: An ocean. Stroll the Boardwalk and enjoy the Atlantic, go kayaking, windsurfing, fishing or take a cruise. Or head back to the hotel and try to double your money. This is probably where we should say please gamble responsibly.

Ohio:

Cincinnati and Cleveland both offer Horseshoe Casinos with slots, poker and table games. Cleveland also boasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while Cincinnati has a world class Zoo & Botanical Garden and both cities are home to popular pro baseball and football teams.

International Casino Destinations

Macau, China:

Vegas veterans will recognize hotel names like MGM and the Venetian. There are lists of top Macau casinos and entertainment complexes all over the web; here’s one we found at CNN. While this is definitely a glitzy place (see the video below), it has other attractions including a temple dating back to 1488 and Fisherman’s Wharf which has been described as part theme park, part dining-shopping-cultural center.

Monte Carlo, Monaco:

Officially, Monte Carlo is an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco but unofficially it’s the place to gamble, at least if you’re a James Bond fan – the grand old Monte-Carlo Casino has appeared in three 007 films. And when you get tired of Chemin de Fer, the French Riviera is right outside.

  • Fly to Nice. Better yet, fly to Paris and spend a few days there first

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Updated: January 22, 2015