Itching to gamble? Skip Vegas for a casino experience close to home. The 2-year-old ilani, a casino and resort in Ridgefield, Washington, is an easy ride up Interstate 5.

Once there, off exit 16, you'll spot the casino set back from a shockingly-big-by-Portland standards parking lot. The casino itself is arranged inside a large, circular room. A bar, aptly named 360 Bar, is the heart of this shiny universe, where 2,500 slot machines zing and burble inside a 100,000-square-foot space.