I'm not a big gambler, though I used to LOVE craps (best odds in the house). Still, I enjoy gaming once-in-awhile to mix-up my recreational activities.

All of the Casinos in this article have a respectable gambling floor, but they each have at least one thing that makes them unique and special. That's what I'm here to tell you about.

Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort

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Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort on the Kitsap Peninsula makes for a nice extended-weekend stay. The setting is beautiful, as you can see from the picture above, and they offer a free shuttle to the ferry, which will drop you within walking distance of Seattle's Pike Place Market, the Hard Rock Cafe, and tons of shopping. Not driving in Seattle is definitely the way to do Seattle.

Most every table game you could want is represented at Clearwater Casino, plenty of slots, and a sportsbook. There are also several dining options, golf... And live music and comedy throughout the year.

Wildhorse Resort and Casino


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The Wildhorse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon features it's own cineplex, showing first-run movies. You haven't lived until you've seen the latest box-office hit on the big-screen, and then grabbed a night-cap for the elevator before you retire to your room. Beats commuting home!

If you prefer the RV life to staying in a hotel, the Wildhorse has it's own RV Park. Another standout feature of the resort is that you can stay in a Tipi for a unique, fun camping experience.

The Wildhorse Casino itself has a fine selection of slots and table-games, everything a player could want; even bingo, if craps isn't your thing.

Golfers should bring their clubs, because there's a Wildhorse Golf Course as well. Bowlers should bring their ball and shoes. Yes, there's a bowling alley here, too. Now that I think about it, the Wildhorse Resort and Casino is a great destination for the family that likes to play together.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino

Photo: Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Photo: Northern Quest Resort & Casino

The Northern Quest Resort and Casino is in Airway Heights, Washington, just south of Spokane. Your gaming itch will definitely get scratched here with slots, table games, a sportsbook and off-track betting.

Golfing is also an option here, as are virtual sports. There's an arcade for family fun, a retail shop offering everything from clothing, to décor, to camping supplies.

There's world-class steakhouse called Masselows. And there's a food court with a Fatburger and Ben & Jerrys.

But I think of two things when I think of Northern Quest:

  1. Epic Sports Bar. Where else can you watch the Mariners, Seahawks or Gonzaga Basketball on a 30-foot LED HDTV?
  2. Outdoor Summer Concerts. Pitbull, Brad Paisley, and Duran Duran are among the various artists whose tour stops have become watercooler talk the next day.

Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Coeur d'Alene Casino
Photo: Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho boasts over 1600 slot machines. I'm not a big slots player, but I am big on tv, movies, and nostalgia. For that reason, the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel is my go-to spot for slot machines. The games rotate out, of course, but I've had fun over the years losing my money to the Flintstones, KISS, Willy Wonka, Playboy... And I must say that Wonder Woman has been very good to me! Coeur d'Alene Casino consistently has the most games themed with household names from pop-culture.

There's a spa, Circling Raven Golf Course, and a lounge with live music. Lots of dining options here, too, including a good seafood and steakhouse. But my wife and I are happy to sit at the bar and eat fish tacos at Red Tail Bar and Grill.

Tulalip Resort Casino

Tulalip Resort Casino
Photo: Tulalip Resort Casino

Tulalip Resort Casino 

The Tulalip Resort Casino is north of Seattle and you can't miss the Orca sculpture from the freeway, especially at night, as it leaps out of the water, beckoning you to this oasis of fun.

I'm a big fan of presentation; of packaging. And the Tulalip does a great job of honoring their native heritage while also giving a nod to the glitz and glamor of Vegas-style casinos.

Tons of fun slots, table games, and a sportsbook. Plenty of food options for every budget. They also bring live music and comedy to their indoor and outdoor stages.

And right next door is the popular Seattle Premium Outlets mall, with high-end, name-brand retailers.

What do you think? Time for a road-trip to one of these exciting casino destinations?

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