Even those unfamiliar with Atlantic City will likely recognize some of the city's street names: Mediterranean Avenue, Baltic Avenue, Park Place. As unlikely as it sounds, a stroll through the city may stir up some childhood memories: Charles Darrow got inspiration for inventing the board game Monopoly while strolling the streets of Atlantic City himself. Atlantic City proper resembles this game of financial domination in more ways than street signs: during a boom period between 1903 and 1940, houses and hotels were built up in less time than it takes to pass go and collect $200.
Atlantic City proper sprawls out across Absecon Island, lined by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides and by Ventnor City to the south. While many area residents look to neighboring cities for quality housing, Atlantic City proper is a playground for tourists, with its never-ending nightlife and well-known casinos. More than a Las Vegas knock-off, Atlantic City also boasts the beauty of its beach and the excitement of its Boardwalk.
For big winners at the casinos, high-end shopping is easily located at the Quarter in the Tropicana, outlets at The Walk, and the Pier Shops at Caesars. For those less fortunate, the city that specializes in heartbreak at the cards tables also specializes in 24-hour taverns lining Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. Cultural attractions, such as museums and historic sights, take a little hunting to find, though they are worth the effort. Atlantic City's true enticements lie within the various resorts, with their offerings of spas, nightclubs, high-class restaurants, and recreational facilities.
- • Atlantic City Tourism Bureau: www.atlanticcitynj.com
- • City of Atlantic City Official Website: www.cityofatlanticcity.org
- • Atlantic City on Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_City,_New_Jersey
- • Atlantic City Regional Chamber of Commerce: www.atlanticcitychamber.com