Las Vegas, Nevada
The iconic AAA Five-Diamond Bellagio (with its equally iconic fountain on an eight-acre lake) lures gourmands with highbrow dining that includes two AAA Five-Diamond restaurants (Picasso and Le Cirque) and four James Beard award-winning chefs: Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Todd English. You can book a room with impressive views of the Strip or go straight-up pimping in one of its two-bedroom villas (with FIVE bathrooms) equipped with private pool and 24-hour butler. The high-limit lounge, Club Prive designed by Adam Tihany, is where the action is though -- it serves a rare Macallan 1666 vintage Scotch.
Pro tip: Very few know about the Bellagio's art gallery, which features rotating exhibitions from the world’s most renowned artists like Warhol and Picasso.
Atlanta City, New Jersey
Sure, Atlantic City may be crumbling as a gaming destination (we blame Boardwalk Empire ending) but Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa keeps getting better. The first Vegas-style casino on the East Coast, Borgata features restaurants by Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as a massive spa with outdoor pool that's only a stone's throw from the sprawling beaches of the Jersey Shore.
Borgata has been graced by the likes of P Diddy, Ben Affleck, and J. Lo (whose mom infamously won a $2.4 million jackpot on a $1 slot machine here in 2004). The odds are in Borgata’s favor too, with the debut of a $14 million outdoor concert venue (Borgata Festival Park) opening this summer to house concerts and EDM festivals, and a brand-new nightclub to replace MIXX by New Year's Eve.
Pro tip: Skip Amtrak and charter its private jet. Yes, Borgata has its own jet that flies in guests from one of 18 cities.