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Atlantic City: A perfect 10

Let us count the ways you’ll enjoy Atlantic City.

 
 

Brian Jewell
Published March 05, 2014

 

3. Explore the Architecture

Even if you’re not a gamer, the large and diverse casino properties in Atlantic City can be fascinating to visit. Each property has its own theme, architecture and decor, and some feature collections of art that are worth checking out.

Trump Taj Mahal brings elements of colonial Indian architecture to its interior and features a number of large, beautiful Oriental tapestries on display. Tropicana re-creates the feel of a Caribbean village, and Caesars brings in epic elements of classical Roman architecture with numerous places throughout the property where guests can gather for photos around replicas of famous statues.

 

4. Eat Like a King

Buffet restaurants will always be available at casinos, but the properties in Atlantic City have elevated their dining options beyond cheap and traditional restaurants. Today’s visitors can find eateries operated by top chefs from New York and other cities, offering a wide variety of dining options representing all corners of the globe.

Though you’ll find gourmet offerings at nearly every property in town, the upscale Borgata leads the pack in the variety and fame of its fine-dining establishments. Your travelers can try the best of an Iron Chef’s beef selection at Bobby Flay Steak, enjoy high-end Italian food and wine at Stephen Kalt’s Fornelletto, or taste the creations of a culinary legend at Wolfgang Puck American Grille.

 

5. Discover Miss America

The famous Miss America pageant got its start in Atlantic City, and the famous annual competition recently returned to Atlantic City as its permanent home. Groups can find Miss America history at numerous spots around town.

The Sheraton Atlantic City is owned by a Miss America aficionado who has collected and displayed pageant memorabilia throughout the hotel. Groups can take a tour of the property, where they’ll see a variety of historic Miss America winners’ dresses, shoes and crowns in exhibits throughout the lobby. A Miss America walking tour of Atlantic City begins at the hotel and ends at historic Boardwalk Hall, where the competition takes place.

 

6. Try the Wine

Many groups that visit Atlantic City take day tours to see the wineries of the south New Jersey countryside nearby. Three wineries within an hour’s drive of the coast offer distinct wine-tasting experiences.

Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City is famous for its New Jersey Champagne and features a gourmet restaurant and a high-end hotel. Bellview Winery in Landisville produces 27 wines, including sparkling wine, port-style wines and even a dandelion wine. And in Mays Landing, Balic Winery has been growing grapes and making wine in the European tradition since the early 1900s.

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