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Live!! Midwest road trip instead of Vegas? Only in 2020..

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by Colesc15, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Hey all,

    Back in January, we booked a trip to Vegas in June. In May, we moved our June Vegas trip to July. About a week ago, we canceled Vegas. Not in fear of the virus, but felt we could get a similar gambling experience by driving a few hours versus flying 6 hours. Crazy lines to get in pools, restaurants closed, and no shows just didn't sound like a fun Vegas. Instead of staying in a penthouse suite at Mandalay Bay and a terrace suite at cosmo, we canceled and decided to road trip to casinos we've never been to.. Mostly in.. Iowa! Only in 2020 right? Fucking rona.

    So, here we are less than 24 hours from hitting the road, and I'm actually pretty excited. We're renting a car for the trip just for the hell of it. My wife and I have been working from home since March. We've gone to local casinos, and I've had some good luck. Here are a few hits:

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    So, here's the plan:

    Day 1: q Casino and diamond jo in Dubuque for a short stop, and then continuing on to Isle Casino overnight. We need to be at Isle fairly early as my wife has a class she has to attend online got her masters she's working on, so should have a solid amount of time there.

    Day 2: meskwaki casino, Prairie Meadows, and then council bluffs where we're staying the night at horseshoe comped.

    Day 3: staying in council bluffs to hit up harrah's and ameristar and Prairie flower. We have to change hotels because I couldn't get a 2nd night at horseshoe for whatever reason.

    Day 4: Blackbird Bend casino, WinnaVegas, hardrock Sioux city, and grand falls casino for the night.

    Day 5; diamond jo worth, and then treasure island and mystic lake where we'll stay the night comped.

    Roughly 15 casinos, 5 nights, 1,000+ MILES. LET'S DO THIS! I have roughly 2k a night for gambling.

    Stay tuned! I'll hopefully have lots of big win pictures, and food porn..
     
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  2. nonahs

    nonahs Low-Roller

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    Good Luck! Enjoy the drive.
     
  3. sabrina

    sabrina High-Roller

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    following along, Good luck!
     
  4. BACHTravel

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    I don't see a stop at the Valle Drive-In Theatre? ;) (20 minutes East of Prairie Meadows, just off I-80)
    I hear they're showing a Empire Strikes Back + Jaws double feature. Gates open at 6:30.
    We here in Iowa got it going on! :wave:
     
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  5. Depdawg227

    Depdawg227 Low-Roller

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    Good luck and safe travels, we canceled our trip too. We just can’t deal with a dubbed down Vegas so heading for Biloxi. It can’t get anymore dubbed down then the big “B”. Hopefully Vegas will survive the economic impact and we will all return to our little paradise soon.
     
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    dmr Registered Abuser

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    Okay, what did you think of Prairie Flower? I think you're the only one here other than me who admits to ever going there.
     
  7. rooster42000

    rooster42000 Brady # 1

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    Good luck.
     
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  8. flyguyfl

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    Looks like some good detailed planning. Have a ball and win some money!
     
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  9. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    That's on the agenda for Thursday/Friday. We shall see.
     
  10. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    Picked up the rental car earlier. Being in northern Wisconsin, premium cars and convertibles aren't a thing, so we have a 2020 Malibu. I liked it on the short ride from the airport back home. There was 1 person in the entire airport and of course he was at the Hertz counter ahead of me.
     
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    So you are headed to Iowa & I am headed to Northern Wisconsin lol!!!! Wave at me on the way by! We are venturing to Lake of the Torches. May not be fun since it is a tiny casino to start with.
     
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  12. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    That's one I've never been to before! I've heard they have a solid slot selection though
     
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    Safe travels! Have a great trip.
     
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    Yes - used to have a lot more older ones but they have now disappeared. I enjoy playing there. One side room with 20? Lightning Link in it. (Probably 5 right now lol!!!) Not sure how they 'target' free nights but I receive a couple sets of two free night coupons Sept-May while 'summer' has two single night free coupons (which I can use on two consecutive nights). Small amount of free play. Only free food (for me) Sun-Thurs, however quite often a host will come around & add $30-50 free food on my card. We normally like to go out to eat while up there so other than the breakfast buffet (currently table service-no buffet) I sometimes spend the rest of it on candy bars & bottles of juice from the snack bar lol!!!
     
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    Wishing you safe travels and a wonderful and winning experience!
     
  16. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    Sigh. We would be in the air right now on the way to Vegas if we continued on.. Oh well. Hitting the road in about an hour (until my wife says she isn't ready yet because she's taking forever to do her hair)
     
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    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    mattMN10 Minnesota living. Las Vegas dreaming.

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    Hit a $2k hand pay there last year in the bar playing video poker! Have fun and good luck :beer:
     
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  19. Colesc15

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    I LOVE this plan and I am looking forward to seeing what happens. I love me a good road trip.
     
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