In 1941 when Thomas Hull opened the El Rancho Vegas—the first casino and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip—it is hard to believe he could’ve imagined what was to come. Over the past 79 years, the state’s gaming facilities have been a boon for tourism, drawing hundreds of millions of travelers hoping to draw a royal flush and hit it big. The casinos of yesteryear have given way to modern-day megaresorts, including those managed by the following eight NTA tour supplier members:
A $100-million expansion boosted this Reno property’s room total to more than 800. Guests can enjoy a treatment at its spa, which received a four-star designation from Forbes, and go swimming in the year-round indoor pool and the seasonal outdoor pool.
With more than 5,000 rooms at 10 properties across the Las Vegas Valley, Boyd Gaming provides a range of choices for travelers. Its collection includes three options in the center of old Vegas: the Fremont Hotel, the California Hotel, and Main Street Station.
Long associated with Vegas luxury, thanks to its namesake property, the Caesars collection of Nevada resorts includes 10 in Las Vegas—including the Flamingo, Ballys, and Nobu Las Vegas—three properties in the Reno Tahoe area and one in Laughlin.
Since 1966, the Four Queens has been a staple along Las Vegas’ historical Fremont Street. The hotel has nearly 700 rooms and an expansive, remodeled casino floor. At Hugo’s Cellar, guests can enjoy charbroiled steak, beef Wellington, and Queen’s lobster.
Mesquite Gaming has two properties—the Virgin River Hotel & Casino and the CasaBlanca Resort—that offer traditional table games, slot machines, and more than 1,000 rooms. Both are located in the city of Mesquite, which is an hour northeast of Las Vegas.
Located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, MontBleu appeals to the traditional gamer and the late-night club-hopper. The 433-room resort features distinct restaurants and nightlife venues, a 45,000 square-foot casino, and the award-winning Onsen Spa.
The Nugget opened in 1955 as a coffee shop with a few slot machines. It has expanded over the decades and now includes two 28-story guest towers, eight restaurants, 110,000 square feet of meeting and special event space, and three live entertainment venues.
Set in the heart of Reno, the Row includes three adjoining resort properties. Travelers can choose between the Circus Reno, the Eldorado, and the Silver Legacy, which combine to house thousands of rooms, dozens of restaurants and bars, and a range of other amenities.
Top photo: The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
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