Midwest Casino Tour 2010 Is Underway!
After sitting in one spot (Las Vegas) from May through August we spent the first 2 weeks of September at The Ranch in Lakewood, NM. Now we’re on the road again traveling through the Midwest and visiting casinos along the way. We don’t have a specific route planned, but we hope to stop at 6 to 8 casinos including several that are new to us. Our primary criteria is that they be RV friendly, either with an RV park or allowing overnight dry parking.
First stop Harrah’s, Kansas City, MO
We’ve been to this Harrah’s before and wanted to visit again. When we pulled in last night after a 700 mile day it was a welcome sight! They have a large area for RVs to overnight (signs point the way). It’s fairly level, well lit, security patrolled, and walking distance to the casino. If you’re in a motorhome towing a car, or otherwise need more room, the large parking lot to the left across the street from the designated lot is also available. That’s where we stayed. The buffet is a good one, reasonably priced, and we were meeting friends for lunch today so it’s a good choice. The Diamond Lounge usually has a descent light meal option in the evenings (free of charge) and last night was no exception so we ate there.
I should explain for those who are unfamiliar with Harrah’s: The Diamond lounge is a free benefit at Harrah’s casinos for players who have achieved the Diamond or 7-Stars tier of Harrah’s players club, which they call “Total Rewards”. In the lounge food and drinks are complementary including beer, wine and mixed drinks. Other benefits of the Diamond tier include free show tickets and VIP treatment in general. If there was only one Harrah’s casino we might think differently about the amount of play required to maintain Diamond status, but for us it’s worthwhile because of our travels and the ability to use the benefits at many casinos around the country.
Besides the lounge and the buffet Harrah’s offers several other dining options. If you want to catch the game there’s a sports bar and grill. The Italian restaurant has an early bird special for $12 each until 6pm. If you’re in the mood for fine dining The Range steak house is the place to go and they also have the best wines in the place.
Next stop Casino Queen, East St. Louis, IL
As I write this post Chris is driving the RV and we’re about 40 miles out from St. Louis. We’re planning to stay 3 nights in their RV park, visit some sites in St. Louis, and have a Wingard DirecTV antenna installed. I’ll report back in about a week to tell you about the RV park and the surrounding area.
Until then, happy travels and good luck in the casinos!