Road trips have always been one of the ultimate expressions of freedom: simply hitting the open road and pointing your wheels toward a destination that has been on your bucket list for years.
But, if you want to play blackjack, where should you go? What places would get your creative juices flowing the most? This list is about the road trips that will keep blackjack players talking for years to come.
All Roads Lead to Las Vegas
If there is one truly iconic road trip, it is probably the scorching route from Los Angeles to Sin City. The beauty of this road trip, immortalized by Hunter S. Thompson and others in Vegas road trip movies like The Hangover and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is that it only takes about four hours to complete.
Along the way, look for the beautiful desolation of the Nevada Desert and the eerie ghost town of Calico, which will make you feel like a cast member in a Western movie.
One quick tip: going on this road trip during the week is far preferable to going on a weekend when hordes of people flood out of California after work to hit the blackjack and roulette tables on the Las Vegas strip.
Adventurers can try the route from Phoenix to Vegas for an even more dramatic road trip. In this case, the most scenic route is along I-17 N, which provides drivers and passengers with red rock views of Sedona and the Grand Canyon.
Hippodrome to Monte Carlo
The Hippodrome in London and the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco are two of the most important places for blackjack players to visit. So, how about a road trip from one to the other? That’s a bit of a dream come true.
When visiting London, it is best to spend the night in a hotel near the Hippodrome and then leave early in the morning to avoid traffic. Then, after a quick drive down to Dover and through the Channel Tunnel, you’ll be on the open roads of France.
There are numerous incredible sights and routes to take once on the French Riviera, including the Col de Turini, the Gorges du Verdon, and La Grande Corniche, all of which are within easy striking distance of Monaco and its famous casino.
Shanghai to Macau
Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, is the only place in China where casinos are permitted. The road trip of a lifetime awaits true adventurers here, from the vibrant city of Shanghai to this massive gaming hub that borders Hong Kong.
The drive is 1,523km (946 miles), but you can stop along the way to see historic sites like the beautiful Yellow Mountains and Hangzhou.