City has become synonymous with its sparkling strand of hotel
casinos, 12 in all - Bally's Park Place, Caesars, The Claridge, The
Atlantic City Hilton, Harrah's, Resorts, The Sands, Showboat,
Tropicana, and three bearing the Trump name, The Plaza, The Marina
and The Taj Mahal. Millions of annual visitors flock to the city, on
southeast New Jersey's Absecon Island, to woo Lady Luck in the
casinos, where cards shuffle and chips snap 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year. But the casinos have more to offer than the chance to make a
quick million, and the city has more to offer than just the casinos.
on a vast stretch of white, sandy beaches, Atlantic City has been a
tourist destination since the mid-19th century, when it became a
favorite of Philadelphia residents seeking a summer refuge. As beach
resorts go, Atlantic City boasts an impressive list of firsts: the
world's first boardwalk, first color postcards, first saltwater
taffy, and the first Miss American pageant, which continues to be
held here every October.