9 of the Most Popular Gaming Destinations in the USA

Map of United States With a Casino Background

Las Vegas has always been the go-to city for gambling and entertainment in the United States, if not the world.

As more American states legalize gambling, more places become destinations where you can gamble.

Here’s a list of 9 of the most popular gaming destinations in the USA.

Some you know, but others you might not be as familiar with.

1- Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is world-renowned for its gaming and gambling options.

It’s the first place that comes to mind for Americans and the world alike. What started out as a small town in the Nevada desert has grown into a thriving city of almost 3 million residents.

Las Vegas means The Meadow in Spanish, which is ironic considering Vegas is known for its arid desert heat.

Vegas, Sin City, whatever you want to call it, is the leader of places to go to gamble. It has more casinos, 5-star hotels, and celebrity chef-owned restaurants than any other city in the world.

Lost Wages, as people call it, is one of the top-visited cities in for domestic and foreigners alike.

Vegas sets the bar for hospitality and gambling. This city has everything and more a player could dream of.

If you want an over the top, dizzying gaming experience, book a casino hotel package at one of the mega-casinos in this Mohave Desert destination.

You have not experienced movie styled gaming until you visit Las Vegas.

2- Reno, Nevada

If Las Vegas isn’t doing it for you, visit Reno.

Reno, NV is Vegas’s little sister. It’s also known as the Biggest Little City in the World.

Reno is home to over 20 casinos and is formerly known as the best gambling destination in the US before Vegas exploded in the 1950s and 60s.

As you can tell, Nevada is all about gambling. It should be at the top of your list for places to visit for gaming.

Reno has all the attractions for gaming that Vegas offers just on a smaller scale.

They have all the same table games and slot machines.

The city’s short drive from the California border attracts gamblers from the Golden State.

If you think Reno only has tables and slots machines to offer, you are wrong. There are plenty of entertainment options for you to see as well.

Give Reno a spin if you haven’t already.

3- Atlantic City, New Jersey

Most consider Atlantic City America’s Favorite Playground. Located on the “shore” of New Jersey, “Monopoly City” is the destination to gamble at on the East Coast.

The smaller size of AC makes it one of the best gaming cities in America.

Business is not what it once was in AC’s heyday, but this city offers some amazing entertainment options.

Much like Reno, Atlantic City was once the Pearl of America’s gambling scene.

View of Atlantic City Beach and Casinos

Unlike Vegas and other Mohave desert casino destinations, AC’s casinos are on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. You can gamble and stay in resorts that offer views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Classic casinos like the Borgata Hotel Casino and the iconic Tropicana Atlantic City are top-notch options at which to stay and play.

4- Foxwoods, Connecticut

Foxwoods is one of the biggest gaming casinos in the US. Foxwoods has experienced tough financial times its past, much like Mohegan Sun Casino.

Foxwoods was able to pull itself out of debt and grow their business.

Foxwoods is owned and managed by the Native American Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. This massive gambling operation is the second-largest Native American casino in the US.

Foxwoods boasts 345,000 square feet of casino floor that hosts, 4800 gambling machines and 380 table games.

The casino resort is home to a plethora of other amenities, including restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has developed the casino resort into a diverse complex scene filled with activities for everyone.

Once you’ve had your fill of the casino floor golf, go bowling, catch a movie, or visit the Pequot Tribe museum. There’s something for everyone in your family.

Foxwoods Casino and Resort is one of the more family-friendly casino offerings in the United States.

5- WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma

WinStar World Casino is a tribal casino and resort managed and owned by the Choctaw Nation.

WinStar is the largest casino in the world. Its convenient location on the Texas and Oklahoma border makes it a popular destination for Dallas-Fort Worth residents as well as OKC.

Its location also makes it popular for the middle American states.

Front of the Winstar World Casino

The WinStar casino floor is the largest ever built. The 370,00 square feet of casino floor hosts over 8,400 electronic gaming machines as well as 100 table games.

The Global Theater, 3,500 seats, has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment.

WinStar is the leader in traditional casinos as well as the Native American casinos. The casino resort also offers PGA rated golf as well as one of the largest hotels associated with a casino.

This is one casino experience you can’t miss.

6- Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi is an important gambling destination in the United States. Home to 9 casinos, Biloxi challenges Atlantic City as the number 1 non-Nevada gaming havens in America.

The Gulf Coast city hosts casinos such as Palace Casino, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, and Beau Rivage Resort.

Biloxi is quickly making a name for itself as one of the South’s number one gaming cities.

The state of Mississippi originally offered only riverboat gambling however Hurricane Katrina changed the gambling layout of the Gulf Coast.

Now you can visit Biloxi gaming casinos on land in luxury offerings.

Much like AC, most casinos are on the waterfront of the famous Gulf Coast. The Gulf is famous for its serene sunsets and local seafood.

Biloxi also offers spas, poolside attractions, and a myriad over other amenities in its casino resorts.

7- Chicago, Illinois

Chicago and its more suburban areas, also known by locals as Chicagoland, makes over $2.5 billion annually in gaming revenues.

Chicagoland astonishingly covers over 10K square miles and 9.5M residents.

The Windy City Metroplex is one of the largest gambling and gaming destinations in the US.

The casinos range in distance from just a couple miles outside the city limits to just over an hour drive from Chicago proper.

The City of Chicago doesn’t allow casinos in the city itself but its surrounding communities host over 11 gaming casinos.

Casinos like the Majestic Star, Ameristar Casino Hotel, and the Grand Victoria offer gaming and entertainment attractions that rival their fellow gaming destinations.

8- New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is famous for its jazz and party scene (Mardi Gras anyone?) and rich and historically famous cuisine.

The Big Easy is a unique mix of cultures that have influenced the City’s vibe by intertwining French, English, Creole, Vietnamese, and Italian traditions and food.

The locals speak with an exclusive dialect that is not heard in the rest of the Deep South.

Gaming in NOLA started out on riverboats much like other southern gambling cities. New Orleans was the gambling capital of America in the 1800s.

NOLA was gambling before Nevada was even part of the United States.

Aerial View of Harrah's New Orleans Casino

Gamblers were originally drawn to NOLA because they were traveling along the Mississippi River for commerce. As the city and innovation advanced the casinos moved to land.

This move from river to land-based casinos was fast-tracked after New Orleans was devastated by the crushing destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

The Crescent City offers big gaming names like Harrah’s. The Harrah’s New Orleans is located close to the historically infamous French Quarter.

New Orleans is a great gaming city with lots of history in America’s gambling landscape as well as a multitude of other nongaming attractions.

NOLA might be my favorite destination city for gaming.

Who doesn’t want blackjack, shrimp etouffee, and a zydeco show all in one trip?

I know I do.

9- Los Angeles, California

Of course, the City of Angels is on this list.

What can’t this overachieving city do?

Not only does LA have more people moving to it a day than any other city in the US, it has a vibrant gambling scene.

Outside of the beauty of the Pacific coast lifestyle LA is famous for, the city hosts 10 casinos. These include Carnival Dream Casino and the Bicycle Casino.

The LaLa Land gaming establishments are just as free-spirited as the city itself.

You will not find the big in your face casinos that Vegas is so famous for. Most casinos in the LA area are either smaller tribal-owned casinos and local poker halls

Conclusion

And those are the best 9 gaming destinations in the United States.

There are the old standbys of Vegas and Atlantic City and some more off the beaten path.

Visit some new cities and let me know your thoughts on their gaming scenes.