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From Cherokee, North Carolina to Columbus, Ohio, here are 4 of the best casinos to keep your group fully entertained

Bountiful dining options, diverse entertainment, the chance to strike it rich—all ingredients for an electrifying escape from the everyday. Include one of these gaming hotspots in the itinerary and you’re bound to have happy campers.

Hollywood Casino Aurora, Aurora, Illinois

Located in west suburban, Chicago Hollywood Casino offers 53,000 square feet of gaming options. With more than 1,110 slots in a wide range of denominations and 26 table games, this casino has something for everyone in your group. Discover one of the many restaurants such as Fairbanks Steakhouse and the Epic Buffet. Catch a live show at Center Stage, one of Chicagoland’s top casino entertainment venues. (

Coeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho

Guests at this Inland Northwest playground can indulge in a massage or facial at the spa, hit the bingo hall or try their luck at more than 1,600 video gaming machines. Every month there are more than 1,000 jackpot winners. Another popular amenity is Circling Raven Golf Club, one of the finest new golf challenges in the region. Guests at the 202-room resort can choose from multiple restaurants and bars, including a food court, Red Tail Bar & Grill and Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits. (

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina

Nestled at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just a mile from the North Carolina entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Harrah’s Cherokee has it all. The Southeast’s premier casino offers 3,800 slots and 100+ table games. Guests enjoy pampering at Mandara Spa and have preferred access to Sequoyah National Golf Club. The 21-story hotel has 1,108 rooms. Among the 10 restaurants are Chef’s Stage Buffet and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. (

Scioto Downs Racino, Columbus, Ohio

Open 24 hours seven days a week, Scioto Downs features more than 2,100 of the industry’s best games, ranging from penny to high-limit action, with live harness horse racing May through September and live music, all together in one total entertainment destination. Visitors can feast on exquisite cuisine in several dining locations, including the Grove Buffet, the Clubhouse and Brew Brothers Restaurant. (

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