Located on the Jersey Shore in southern New Jersey, Atlantic City is the biggest gambling destination on the East Coast of the United States of America. Beyond being home to a number of major casinos, Atlantic City is also known for its signature boardwalk. In fact, many visitors soon realize that they’re familiar with many of the major roads and destinations in the city, as Atlantic City was the inspiration for the popular board game Monopoly.
Atlantic City was founded in 1854, and in the same year, train service was established from Philadelphia to the shoreline location. It quickly became a popular vacation destination and resort town. In 1870, construction began on the boardwalk, which quickly became the signature landmark for the city.
At one point, the Atlantic City boardwalk reached a length of about 7 miles, as it stretched from Atlantic City to the nearby city of Longport. However, the boardwalk was severely damaged in the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane, and today measures about 5.75 miles. This still makes it the world’s longest boardwalk, and it remains a popular tourist attraction.
In the second half of the 20th century, Atlantic City suffered a severe decline. The number of tourists visiting the city dropped significantly, forcing the closure of many of the city’s large hotels. By the 1970s, it became apparent that the city would need a new attraction if it wished to survive as a resort city.
In 1976, New Jersey voters approved a plan to allow casino gambling in Atlantic City. This allowed the city to become the first casino destination in the eastern United States. Today, there are a total of 11 casinos in Atlantic City. While casinos in nearby states have sapped some of Atlantic City’s business, it still clearly deserves the title of “Gambling Capital of the East Coast.”
Best Atlantic City Blackjack Casinos
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is the newest casino in Atlantic City, and arguably the most luxurious. It has already become the top grossing casino in the city. While the Borgata features a very large casino floor – measuring at 161,000 square feet – it is best known for the Borgata Poker Room, which is the largest in Atlantic City.
Along with gambling attractions, the Borgata also features 13 restaurants, an upscale boutique mini-hotel known as The Water Club, and the Borgata Event Center, a 2,400 seat arena that hosts major entertainers. The resort also features extensive meeting space and retail shopping centers, along with several nightclubs.
Trump Taj Mahal
The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (also known as The Taj) is one of the largest casinos in Atlantic City. Like the Borgata, it may be best known for its poker room; before the Borgata opened, the Taj Mahal featured the city’s largest poker room, which was featured in the movie Rounders.
Opened in 1990, the Taj Mahal is also one of Atlantic City’s newest casinos. Given the Taj Mahal theme and the size of the resort – which dwarfs even the newer Borgata – has made it a very popular resort among tourists. The Taj has also hosted a wide variety of world-famous musical acts, from Aerosmith to the Backstreet Boys.
Caesars Atlantic City
Sharing the same Roman theme as its Las Vegas namesake, Caesars Atlantic City is one of the largest casinos in Atlantic City. Along with over 140,000 square feet of gaming space, Caesars boasts four luxury hotel towers, several notable restaurants and a large pool and spa area.
For non-gamblers, perhaps the most well-known feature of Caesars is their shopping mall. The Pier Shops at Caesars is a massive mall with high-end boutique stores that can be accessed from the hotel by a skybridge.