If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas, Nevada, you probably realized that the city’s main attraction is its casinos. Sure, you can also see a bunch of incredible performances ranging from concerts to comedians to burlesque shows. however, you simply can’t leave Las Vegas without trying your hand at one of the more than 200,000 slot machines in the city or one of the roulette tables.
Even if you aren’t a gambler, the casinos of Las Vegas are a feast for the eyes. Each one has its own unique theme, most of them contain a variety of restaurants, bars, and other attractions, and there is no better place for some fascinating people-watching than a Las Vegas casino.
If you do plan on playing some of the games, make sure you set a limit for how much you’re willing to spend and stick to that limit. We’ve all heard too many stories of people who have gone to Las Vegas and blown their kids’ college fund or had to pawn the deed to their house to pay off their debts.
Set a spending limit, take out that amount in cash from the ATM, and if you end up losing it all (which you more than likely will), stop gambling. And who knows? Maybe you’ll come out on top and go home with enough winnings to buy yourself a nice new television or something. Whatever you do, though, don’t let the gambling get out of hand.
With that being said, I would highly recommend taking a few hours during your stay in Las Vegas to walk down the Strip and pop into as many casinos as you can. They generally have very fun atmospheres. They’re great places to get some food or a cocktail. And the architecture and interior designs are nothing short of mesmerizing. If you don’t know your way around the Las Vegas Strip, this guide will give you some places to start. These are the five best casinos in Las Vegas (and why):
Caesars Palace is one of the best casinos on the Strip for Roman history nerds and high-rollers alike. It’s undoubtedly one of the classiest casinos in Las Vegas with its beautiful Classical architecture and its faux-Classical sculptures of famous ancient Roman leaders.
The vaulted ceilings, gorgeous fountains, and ornate carpets will make you feel like a millionaire even if you’re only putting down five dollars at the blackjack table. It’s no wonder that Caesars Palace has been featured in films like The Hangover, the blackjack-themed thriller 21, and even Rain Man.
Besides your typical craps and roulette tables, Caesars Palace is probably the best casino in Vegas for sports betting. In the corner of the gaming floor, you’ll find a sports betting area, spanning 15,580 square feet with a massive LED screen showing the main events as well as tons of other television screens displaying every kind of sporting event imaginable. Even if you don’t want to throw a bunch of money on a sports game, the sports betting area has the ambiance of a giant tailgate and is guaranteed to be a fun experience.
After you leave Caesars Palace, you can get even classier by hitting up The Venetian. This casino offers some of the most stunning architecture in the entire city, and it’s beloved by hundred-thousand-dollar heroes and five-dollar bettors alike.
The Venetian offers every kind of gambling experience you can think of including, Pai Gow poker, baccarat, craps, roulette, and blackjack. There are also more than 1,000 slot machines in The Venetian alone for fans of the one-armed bandit.
For anyone looking to have a relatively healthy experience while in Las Vegas, The Venetian is probably the best place in the city to stay. The casino connects right to the Canyon Ranch spa which includes a Finnish sauna and a steam room. There is also a massive fitness area that features a 40-foot rock climbing wall and offers several kinds of fitness classes from spinning to barre to yoga.
If your motivation for going to Las Vegas is to see some top-notch entertainment, there’s no better casino in the city than Planet Hollywood. While the casino floor in Planet Hollywood is wonderfully campy and a ton of fun, the real draw to this casino is the performances.
Currently, their lineup features A-listers like Gwen Stefani, KISS, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and Judas Priest. If you’re a fan of magic, Criss Angel also currently has a residency at Planet Hollywood. Any time of the year that you go, you’ll surely have the opportunity to see some top-level performers.
As you’re walking through Planet Hollywood, you might just get a whiff of Gordon Ramsey Burger Las Vegas, one of celebrity chef’s most famous restaurants in the city. This restaurant is one of the only places that you can sample Ramsey’s world-class cuisine at affordable prices. The atmosphere in the restaurant is fun and inviting, and the food is absolutely incredible.
If you’re traveling with kids, the best place to go on the Las Vegas Strip is obviously the Circus Circus. You can take the children over to the Adventuredome, a massive tent that spans five acres and features attractions such as live acrobats, unicycle shows, and slacklining. There are also a ton of fun activities for children including roller coasters, Skee-ball, bumper cars, and a video arcade. If you brought your bathing suits, you should also check out the Splash Zone, a miniature water park that’s the perfect place to cool off from the Las Vegas heat.
For adults, the Circus Circus has a gambling floor, though it’s admittedly not as impressive as most of the other casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The bar on the casino floor, however, has some of the most affordable drinks in the entire city. Once the kids are tired out from playing around in the Adventuredome all day, you can put them to bed and go have some fun without spending a fortune.
For any history buffs planning on visiting Las Vegas, the Golden Nugget is one of the oldest casinos in the city, first established in 1946. Today, the casino is one of the most high-class in all of Vegas and the floor managers have historically been known as trailblazers in the world of table games.
Depending on when you go, you may get to experience some new types of table games that you can’t play anywhere else in the world. For instance, the Golden Nugget was one of the first casinos to have Free Bet tables, a type of blackjack game that offers players the opportunity to win even in the event of a tie. These days, you can find Free Bet tables in almost every casino along the Las Vegas Strip.
One of the other features that make the Golden Nugget so special is the fact that they have card tables outside by the pool. You can play a game of blackjack, grab a frozen cocktail and drink it in the water, and then get back out and play some poker.
Plus, the Golden Nugget’s pool area is one of the only places in the city where you can gamble without having to inhale secondhand smoke. Just be sure that you keep your cash in a waterproof container in case you have too many cocktails while you’re gambling and jump in the water with your money on you.