Fort McDowell and Wekopa Resort

Located near Fountain Hills off of AZ-87 on the east side of the Valley, Fort McDowell Casino offers a huge gambling area that includes more than 900 slot machines and offers regular poker and blackjack tournaments. Also available are keno and bingo areas, with the bingo hall having nonsmoking and smoking sections.

When you get hungry, check out the all-you-can-eat Red Rock Buffet or Noodles Sushiya offers traditional Asian fare and sushi. For casual dining, try Café 87, Silver Platter or the New York Deli. The casino hosts free shows in the Lucky 7 Saloon on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

For accommodations, the hotel also runs the 4-DiamondWe-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, which offers 246 rooms and suites, a spa, a heated pool and Jacuzzi, and its own lounge. Also nearby you will find the Eagleview RV Resort.

If you want a break from gambling, take a walk around the lovely Fountain Hills Park and see the world-famous fountain from which the town gets its name, or play a round  at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.

Location: 10424 North Fort McDowell Road, Fort McDowell

– Justin Ferris,