The famous Route 66, known globally for being America’s highway it is filled with incredible sights and adventure. Unfortunately, the drive along Route 66 these days is somewhat difficult. Not only is the highway itself decommissioned, but the changes and developments of surrounding areas throughout the years make it extremely difficult to pinpoint where the route originally was. The route begins in Chicago, Illinois and ends along Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California – both points are marked with signs in their respective cities. You can still drive some of the route if you have an older or specific map which highlights the historic route but unfortunately, you won’t see continual signs for directing you along Route 66.

The complete journey will lead you through seven states: Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. In Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Arizona, sections of the highway have been designated as a National Scenic Byway under the name ‘Historic Route 66’. Its total length is around 2,400 miles and will take you roughly two weeks to drive if you incorporate only a few stops – ultimately, it’s a lot of time spent in a car.

For the casino fanatics among us, some might like to kill this time playing live roulette online, but you could also arrange some of your rest stops to include some of America’s casinos. The historic route has multiple sights to see, from scenic views to unique restaurants but there are also some quirky casinos to enjoy.

Route 66 Casino Hotel

A short drive outside of Albuquerque New Mexico, you’ll discover the Route 66 Casino Hotel. Don’t worry, just because it’s a hotel doesn’t mean you can’t stay here in your campervan or RV, they have an RV resort too! The hotel consists of the Buffet 66 Fresh Market which has different specials and promotions on each day. There’s also the Stadium 66 sports bar and the Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina. With plenty of shows and entertainment options to choose from, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.

In the casino, you’ll be able to get your kicks with over 1,300 slot machines, a huge bingo hall and all the popular table games you would expect to find in a Vegas casino! There’s a grand Route 66 sign over the entrance that you can spot from a mile away, and plenty of memorabilia to discover on the inside.

Fire Rock Navajo Casino

In New Mexico, you’ll find this incredible casino which not only pays tribute to the Native American Navajo Nation, but it is also run by Native Americans. There’s the Cheii’s restaurant as well as a food court, but the focus here is on the casino. There are over 1,100 slot machines, plenty of table games, bingo and a players club.

This casino is not too far from some of the most iconic American sights, including Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon National Park. Other Native American lands surround the area, including the Hopi and Zuni reservations. Make sure you stop at this casino after some incredible culture soaking to recharge your batteries!

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

If there is one casino in the US that is known for having quirky decoration and themed memorabilia, it’s the Hard Rock franchise. On the historic Route 66 on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. As with any Hard Rock Casino, you will find great restaurants and entertainment – there’s even a golf course!

The casino itself has over 2,600 electronic games, a Poker Room, and 40 table games on the casino floor. There are regular promotions for you to take advantage of on your visit including $10,000 payday Thursdays and Double Vision where you are in with a chance to win up to $5,000 cash!

Historic Route 66 has a lot to offer its thousands of tourists each year, but don’t forget that among the hours of endless highway and sights, there’s also a lot of gambling fun to be had.

Published by Mohaned Gadnne