Midwest Casino Tour 2010 Is Underway!

September 21, 2010 by Mac McClellan · 6 Comments  
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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!

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6 Responses to “Midwest Casino Tour 2010 Is Underway!”

  1. Paul LeSage on September 22nd, 2010 7:56 pm

    Good luck on finding the Casino Queen in East St Louis on your first swing. It took us four passes, including a turnaround in a Gentlemen’s Club parking lot. It is NOT in a nice neighborhood so be careful on the approach and departure. Once there, it’s a nice facility with a nice view of the Arch, if you like train noises with your pillow time. We now stay in St Charles. We really don’t need a Casino that bad.

    By the way, if you haven’t done so, try the Downstream Casino on I-44 at the tri-state junction of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. They have all-concrete sites with 50 amps and water with an on-site dump station. You will get three nights free and the fourth night is $15 with a players card. Nice and quiet if you stay on the end away from the 18 wheelers. Your neighbor’s lot is close, but usually empty. Brand new Casino and hotel with good amenities including a good $6.95 buffet.

  2. Mac McClellan on September 22nd, 2010 8:13 pm

    Hi Paul,

    You’re so right about the Casino Queen being hard to find, especially in a large RV! We were following the Garmin directions and she sent us down cobblestone allies on the Missouri side of the river trying to get us to her preferred route. At one corner we had the rear wheels and the passenger side of the toad up on the sidewalk and missed a fire hydrant by literally 2 inches with the RV and car.

    The park is nice once you get her, great view of St. Louis, and a good base of operations for touring the area. I’ll post a more complete review in a few days.

    Thanks for the tip about Downstream Casino. We had thought about stopping there but it wasn’t on our route this time. Maybe next year.

    Happy travels!

  3. vernon allen on September 23rd, 2010 11:34 am

    what about all the casino’s in north dakota
    about 3 big ones with camping

  4. Bill Leshovsky on September 23rd, 2010 4:40 pm

    We stayed at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino last weekend. It is in Welch, MN which is just northwest of Red Wing, MN. We had a outstanding experience. I think there are 84 full hookups in the parking lot which is right next to the casino. GREAT buffet. GREAT casino. Be sure to take the Great River Road along the Mississippi while you’re in the area.

  5. Jen on October 8th, 2010 7:14 am

    I have one for you. The campground is called Follow The River. Located near Vevay, IN, just across the river from Kentucky. Great place to camp with plenty to do in the area for the non-gambler.

    There is a shuttle that runs to Belterra Casino. Belterra has a very nice restaurant, among others, called Jeff Ruby’s.


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