For casino enthusiasts and other curious tourists, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to seeking out the best casinos in North America. There are so many casinos, all of which offer different experiences, bonuses and “flavors”, that it can be very challenging to know which are worth your time and which are not.
We sorted the wheat from the chaff and identified a few of the best casinos to visit – most of which are hidden gems and relatively unknown (at least to a global audience).
The digital frontier
As we all learned over the course of the last two years, sometimes it is not possible to travel when and where you want to. The global health crisis that rocked public health services around the world meant that we all spent significantly more time at home than ever before and that a trip to visit international casinos was only something to dream of.
However, one benefit to come out of that period is the growth in popularity of online casinos. There are now so many online casinos available for prospective gamblers that casinos have started offering online casino bonuses in order to attract the attention of an audience. The demand for online casinos is projected to continue growing and that demand does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Nevada
Might as well get the Las Vegas casino over and done with! Las Vegas is a cliché for a reason, and most tourists who visit Las Vegas are looking for a wild, frenetic and free Vegas experience.
If you are visiting a casino in Las Vegas, you really should visit the biggest, brightest and best to see how they do things. Caesars Palace has been the setting for so many movies and television shows that you may even recognize it when you walk in for the first time. This grand, impressive casino is gaudy and flashy – just like Vegas.
Buffalo Thunder Casino, New Mexico
Tucked into the hills of Santa Fe, Buffalo Thunder has to be one of the most beautiful – and beautifully situated – casinos in the world. This casino is a part of the Hilton, so you just know that the entire hotel and casino is filled with glamour and relaxed sophistication.
The unique Pueblo-style architecture of the casino itself is worth a look and the rest of the resort is just as beautiful, with a pristine swimming pool, golf course and spa all available.
Pechanga Resort Casino, California
Pechanga is the largest casino in the entire state of California, so this is a great casino to visit for tourists who love grandeur, spectacle and sheer size. The casino is so large, in fact, that it has something of the US super mall aesthetic about it and it rises out of a seeming sea of strip malls in all of its glassy glory.
Those who tire of checking out the casino or tossing the dice can also cool off in one of the many (upwards of nine!) pools that surround the casino.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Missouri
Missouri is not a destination many people think of when they think about glamour, casinos and sophistication. However, these people have clearly never been to the Beau Rivage.
The Beau Rivage is comfortably situated on the waterfront and overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. The waterfront itself is a bustling, fun, lively beach area that is known for its excellent food and exciting nightlife.
The casino itself is worth a visit because they have managed to combine 1980s mall aesthetic with New Orleans-style old world glamour. There are trees indoors, there are winding pathways, there is wrought iron – it has it all.
Where to next?
If you have already visited all of these casinos or you want to travel somewhere further afield, the good news is that there are many incredibly impressive casinos around the world. If a trip south of the border is what interests you, Mexico has some of the biggest and most impressive casinos in the world. Diamonds Casino, Arenia Casino, Winpot Casino and Ocean Riviera Paradise are just a few of the many beautiful and bustling casinos in Mexico.
However, if you are more interested in venturing up north into Canada, there are also a number of casinos across the northern border. Casino Niagara, Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, Casino de Montreal and Casino Rama Resort are some of the most popular Canadian casino destinations.