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Atlantic City Information

Located on Absecon Island on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, Atlantic City is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. Legalized gambling, fine dining, and the famous Boardwalk have made Atlantic City a must-see for those planning a trip to this part of the country.

Some Historical Facts
Atlantic City was incorporated in the 1850s, after having been plotted by real estate developers as a prime residential and resort spot. The Belloe House was the first hotel to be erected, and rail link to Philadelphia in 1854 provided easy access to the city for those wishing a seaside holiday. The first boardwalk was completed in 1870, and by 1920 Atlantic City had cemented itself as a first rate tourist destination. Its reputation as a gambling resort grew during this period as well, with illegal liquor consumption during Prohibition accompanying the many games of chance offered behind closed doors.

Modern Day Atlantic City
In 1976, New Jersey voters made gambling legal in Atlantic City, and a whole new era of tourism was born in this seaside community. A multitude of casinos were built along the Boardwalk and elsewhere, and many new entertainment venues were opened. Today, Atlantic City boasts some of the top visitor attractions along the entire eastern seaboard. The famous Boardwalk itself is a tour well worth taking, as is a trip to the Absecon Lighthouse. The nearby Atlantic City Aquarium is world renowned, and the Steel Pier Amusement Park is a delight for children and adults alike. Other attractions include the Haunted Tales Fun House, the IMAX Theater at the Tropicana, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

Casino Resorts In The City
Visitors will find no shortage of gambling opportunities while visiting Atlantic City. These resorts include the Atlantic City Hilton, Caesars Atlantic City, Trump Plaza, Showboat, and Harrah's Atlantic City. Most of these resorts are operated under a parent company that owns or partners with the major hotels. Today Atlantic City ranks second behind only Las Vegas in total gambling revenues.

Getting To Atlantic City
The Atlantic City Expressway links to major interstate highways running north and south through New Jersey. From the south, Interstate 95 intersects with both Route 40 and Route 322. The International Airport is just minutes from downtown, and is a complete facility with buses, taxis, and rental car services. New Jersey Transit Rail operates direct train service from Philadelphia. There is free shuttle service from the Atlantic City rail terminal to all casinos and hotels.

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