Casino Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Courtesy of casino-baden-baden.de

Bucket List Casinos Around the World

View Slideshow
Casino Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Courtesy of casino-baden-baden.de

STYLISH SPIN

Casinos have never been known for their restraint. Showplaces of over-the top excess, casinos are all about the wow-factor, from dancing fountains and eye-catching light displays, to priceless artwork collections and lavish décor. Here are some (not all of them in Las Vegas) of the most noteworthy casinos around the globe, places worth exploring even if gambling is not on your to-do list.

Mohegan Sun, Mohegan Sun, Connecticut
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

MOHEGAN SUN | MOHEGAN SUN, CONNECTICUT

Mohegan Sun features three unique casinos in one location. Yes, three. Highlights include a state-of-the-art poker room, more than 300 table games, and a staggering 5,000 slot machines. The property also includes a 34-story, 1,200-room luxury hotel, two spas, a golf course, and three entertainment venues. There's also a new VIP hotel experience, Aspire, which includes an exclusive restaurant, butler service and more.

Mohegan Sun: Must-See Feature
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

MOHEGAN SUN: MUST-SEE FEATURE

Don't miss the casino's towering glass sculpture by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly titled "River Blue." A 10,000-pound masterpiece, the sculpture is made up of thousands of richly colored glass components (2,500 in all) that were hand-blown by a team of artisans. The distinctive cobalt blue, silver, and clear glass sculpture, measuring 14 feet wide, soars 25 feet above visitors.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
caesarspalace/facebook.com

CAESARS PALACE | LAS VEGAS

It should go without saying that a casino created to give guests a taste of what life was like during the Roman Empire is going to be over the top. Caesars is a sprawling complex of Roman-themed buildings filled with marble reproductions of classical statuary. There's also a massive spa that includes Roman baths, a pool area surrounded by mosaics and classical architecture, and a 4,500-square-foot, 24-hour poker room.

Caesars Palace: Must-See Feature
Carmela S./yelp.com

CAESAR'S PALACE: MUST-SEE FEATURE

The Fall of Atlantis show inside the Forum Shops at Caesars is an animatronic display of fire, water and nine-foot-tall talking statues. The free show includes heat and sound waves and takes place every hour on the hour. There's also a 50,000-gallon aquarium nearby featuring more than 300 saltwater fish.

Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula, California
Mark L./yelp.com

PECHANGA RESORT CASINO | TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA

Located in Southern California's wine country, Pechanga has the largest casino floor on the West Coast with 200,000 square feet of space featuring more than 4,500 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room, and an off-track betting parlor. There's also a 700-seat bingo hall. The resort property also includes 1,090 guest rooms and suites, a two-level spa with a fitness center, and 20 restaurants and bars.

Pechanga Resort Casino: Must-See Feature
Wendy W./yelp.com

PECHANGA RESORT CASINO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

One of the standout features of Pechanga is The Cove pool complex, which includes four main pools, three hot tubs, two twisty water slides, a splash pad, and 27 cabanas. The main pool covers 7,500 square feet and features 18 underwater chairs at the swim-up bar.

The Venetian Macao, Macao, China
Sean3810/istockphoto

THE VENETIAN MACAO | MACAO, CHINA

With 50,000 square meters of gaming space, The Venetian Macao claims to be the largest casino in the world. It offers more than 500 table games, over 2,000 slot machines and electronic gaming tables, and unique games not found anywhere else. There's also more than 325 stores onsite, in case you need a little retail therapy.

The Venetian Macao: Must-See Feature
VenetianMacao/facebook.com

THE VENETIAN MACAO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

Like nearly any Venetian property, one of the main highlights here is likely a gondola ride down the canals of the Shoppes of the Venetian. A gondolier will serenade you during the ride and at the end, there's a souvenir photo to take home. Can't make it to China? The Venetian in Las Vegas offers the same experience.

Sun City Casino Resort, Sun City, South Africa
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

SUN CITY CASINO RESORT | SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

Known for its glitz, Sun City Casino is considered among gamblers to be one of the top casinos in the world. Recently refurbished, the casino features hundreds of slot machines and more than 40 table games. There are also nightclubs and two 18-hole golf courses designed by Gary Player.

Sun City Casino Resort: Must-See Feature
SunCitySA/facebook.com

SUN CITY CASINO RESORT: MUST-SEE FEATURE

The Maze of the Lost City is the largest permanent maze in the Southern Hemisphere. Made of artificial stone and wood, it was designed to create the illusion of an ancient archaeological discovery. The maze is reached via a 100-meter long suspension bridge. When evening hits, flaming torches light the maze's paths.

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Foxwoods, Connecticut
foxwoods/facebook.com

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO | FOXWOODS, CONNECTICUT

Billed as the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods is far more than a mere casino (though there are seven of them onsite). It also encompasses hotels, restaurants, spas, an award-winning golf course, state-of-the-art theaters, and shopping.

Foxwoods Resort Casino: Must-See Attraction
Courtesy of Foxwoods Resort Casino

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO: MUST-SEE ATTRACTION

Foxwoods recently added new attractions for adventure seekers. During spring and summer, visitors can "freefall" from ten stories up on their Thrill Tower or glide along the HighFlyer Zipline at 350 feet in the air, reaching speeds up to 60-mile per hour. The HighFlyer Zipline launches guests from the top of the 33 story Fox Tower hotel and connects them to the Mashantucket Pequot & Research Center nearly one mile away.

Bellagio, Las Vegas
Pavliha/istockphoto

BELLAGIO | LAS VEGAS

Famous for the Fountains of Bellagio water show in front of the hotel, the Bellagio is one of Sin City's legendary casino properties. The resort is known for the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, a 14,000-square-foot space decorated by horticulturalists and designers each season. The casino is equally noteworthy, with plenty of table games, slots, and private gaming rooms.

Bellagio: Must-See Attraction
Courtesy of bellagio.com

BELLAGIO: MUST-SEE ATTRACTION

The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is easily one of the property's must-see stops. The space features work from the world's top artists in partnership with various museums and foundations. Past exhibits have included "Picasso: Creatures and Creativity," "Fabergé Revealed," and "Warhol Out West."

Casino Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Courtesy of casino-baden-baden.de

CASINO BADEN-BADEN | BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY

Casino Baden-Baden is known for its elegance and lavish arcades and ceremonial halls. Located in a region of the Black Forest that was once the center of Europe's high-society bathing and spa culture, the casino is reminiscent of a French royal palace and attracts visitors who come just to see its design. The casino includes slot machines, poker, roulette, blackjack, and more amid a historic setting.

Casino Baden-Baden: Must-See Feature
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

CASINO BADEN-BADEN: MUST-SEE FEATURE

The guided tours of the building itself are really the must-see here. The experience includes taking in the art of the Austrian salon, the oriental styled winter garden, and the red room, which is based on the Fontainebleau at Versailles.

Wynn, Las Vegas
drserg/istockphoto

WYNN | LAS VEGAS

The casino at the Wynn is just one of the reasons to visit this Las Vegas attraction. Yes, there are plenty of slots here and poker for high-rollers, but it's the amenities and décor at the Wynn that have defined this sprawling casino resort. There are two Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spas onsite, luxury shopping, and multiple stunning pools.

Wynn: Must-See Feature
Ania K./yelp.com

WYNN: MUST-SEE FEATURE

With a 40-foot waterfall, a pine-topped mountain, and nightly shows involving more than 4,000 lights and puppetry, the Lake of Dreams is easily one of the top sights at Wynn Las Vegas. The show can be taken in from the Parasol Down bar or the show terrace, where there's a water's edge view. It's also visible from two of the casino's restaurants — Lakeside and also SW Steakhouse.

Atlantis Paradise Island, Paradise Island, The Bahamas
AtlantisBahamas/facebook.com

ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND | PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS

Located on a lush tropical island with a two-mile white sand beach, Atlantis is a casino that's become known for far more than the gaming. The casino spans a seven-acre lagoon and features 85 gaming tables including baccarat, craps, blackjack, and high-roller gaming. There are also more than 700 slot machines. Beyond the casino is a sprawling resort with thousands of rooms, a 140-acre waterscape, a nightclub, restaurants, and a spa.

Atlantis Paradise Island: Must-See Feature
AtlantisBahamas/facebook.com

ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND: MUST-SEE FEATURE

The marine habitats at Atlantis are among the top attractions. The collection of habitats and marine exhibits, including lagoons, caves, coral formations, and underwater ruins showcase exotic marine life ranging from sharks to rays, barracuda, piranha, eels, and even endangered alligator gar.

The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas
ExFlow/istockphoto

THE VENETIAN RESORT | LAS VEGAS

The Venetian wows visitors with hand-painted frescoes, all-suite accommodations, an indoor canal, and luxury shopping. For the gamblers, there are more than 225 games on the casino floor and a high-limit salon. The resort also offers award-winning restaurants and Canyon Ranch Spa, arguably one of Las Vegas' best spas.

The Venetian Resort: Must-See Feature
Courtesy of venetian.com

THE VENETIAN RESORT: MUST-SEE FEATURE

While there are many jaw-dropping sights in The Venetian, don't miss taking in the Grand Colonnade Lobby. The centerpiece of the space is the Armillary Sphere, designed to be a reminder of the Renaissance spirit. Be sure to look up and take in the frescoed ceiling as well.

Resorts World Casino, Sentosa, Singapore
Courtesy of wikimedia.org

RESORTS WORLD CASINO | SENTOSA, SINGAPORE

A sprawling gaming and entertainment complex, the Resorts World Casino offers one of the world's newest gaming halls filled with 2,400 gaming machines and 500 table options. The casino itself is 94,000-square-feet. There are also numerous hotels onsite, more than two dozen restaurants, and endless entertainment options.

Resorts World Casino: Must-See Feature
ResortsWorldatSentosa/facebook.com

RESORTS WORLD CASINO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

The entertainment options beyond the casino are the show stoppers at this resort. The Resorts World Sentosa complex includes Universal Studios Singapore, Marine Life Park, and The Maritime Experiential Museum. Don't miss Adventure Cove Waterpark with its high-speed waterslides, lazy river, and coral reef with more than 20,000 tropical fish.

Le Casino De Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
casinodemontecarlo/facebook.com

LE CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO | MONTE-CARLO, MONACO

James Bond creator Ian Fleming was thinking about Le Casino de Monte-Carlo when he wrote his first book about the legendary spy, and scenes from some of the subsequent Bond movies were filmed on-site. This casino on the French Riviera is all about lavish décor and over-the-top luxury. Dating back to the 1850s, the casino is housed in what's described as one of the most iconic Belle Epoque buildings in Monaco.

Le Casino De Monte-Carlo: Must-See Feature
casinodemontecarlo/facebook.com

LE CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

Sculptures, frescoes, mirrors, and ornate fixtures decorate the lavish rooms of this casino, making wandering around and taking it all in the must-do here. Be sure to visit the terrace gaming area overlooking the sea to enjoy the view, the people watching and the atmosphere.

Trilenium Casino, Tigre, Argentina
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

TRILENIUM CASINO | TIGRE, ARGENTINA

While it's not exactly one of the largest casinos in the world, Trilenium is one of the largest in South America. There are more than 1,800 slot machines here and 74 gaming tables. The casino also includes a variety of gastronomic experiences and live shows.

Trilenium Casino: Must-See Feature
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

TRILENIUM CASINO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

While not a visually stunning feature, the restaurants at Trilenium stand out for regularly receive notable reviews for being the best culinary offerings in Tigre province. Among the options are Buffet Trilenium, Tamiz Bar, Tamiz Resto Bar and also Optimus Salon.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO | LAS VEGAS

Everyone from The Rolling Stones to Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney have performed at the recently renovated Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The 60,000 square feet of casino space offer high-limit gambling and Asian gaming. There's also a 4.8-acre tropical pool paradise that was voted the best hotel pool by USA Today in 2015.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino: Must-See Feature
hardrockhotellv/facebook.com

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO: MUST-SEE FEATURE

Perhaps the most unique feature of Hard Rock is its unparalleled memorabilia collection. There are items on display from Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, Imagine Dragons, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, among countless others. The memorabilia is located throughout the casino floor.

Viejas Casino & Resort, San Diego
ViejasCasinoAndResort/facebook.com

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT | SAN DIEGO

Fresh-off a just completed seven-year renovation and expansion, Viejas has secured its place as one of California's top resort casinos with a new 1900-square foot center bar and a 15,415-square-foot high limit gaming area. Viejas Casino also has the adults-only Willows Hotel & Spa. Long before any of the renovations, the Forbes Travel Guide four-star property already offered thousands of slot machines, table games, a bingo room and an off-track betting facility.

Viejas Casino & Resort: Must-See Feature
Mish S./yelp.com

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT: MUST-SEE FEATURE

Viejas' new 360-degree center bar includes 50 seats with gaming machines at each seat and more than one dozen 65-inch televisions wrapping around the entire space plus a 24-hour food menu. The geometric shapes and bright colors of the space are designed to make the bar the centerpiece of Viejas.

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Las Vegas
RedRock/facebook.com

RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA | LAS VEGAS

Named one of the top off-strip casinos by CNN, Red Rock is the first billion-dollar resort in the region. The property offers a spa, pool, bars, a bowling alley, a bingo hall, and a movie theater. The state-of-the art casino floor features more than 2,700 slot machines and video poker machines, too.

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa: Must-See Attraction
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA: MUST-SEE ATTRACTION

Red Rock's Sandbar Pool is one of its most visually stunning spaces. Spread over more than three acres, the pool area includes 19 private cabanas, a poolside café, and even poolside gaming tables including blackjack.

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
bukharova/istockphoto

MANDALAY BAY | LAS VEGAS

Mandalay Bay has been featured in the movie "Ocean's Thirteen" and television series "CSI." The luxe property, best known for its golden exterior, features a casino offering more than 1,200 slot and video poker machines, including high-limit slots and progressive slots. The Shark Reef Aquarium, home to more than 2,000 animals, is another one of Mandalay Bay's over-the-top features.

Mandalay Bay: Must-See Attraction
Courtesy of tripadvisor.com

MANDALAY BAY: MUST-SEE ATTRACTION

Named by Trip Advisor as one of the best pools in the country, the famed beach at Mandalay Bay includes 2,700 tons of real sand and a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, 100 cabanas, day beds, bungalows, and personalized villas.