A Few Days In

Where to Go from NYC: Atlantic City

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Technically and figuratively it's an island unto itself. There's ritz and glitz in a carnivalesque atmosphere, but also quieter stretches of boardwalk, vacant plots of land, a vibrant Little Italy, and a six-story elephant-shape building.

Get There

It's two hours by bus (, ) from NYC. There's also the direct . If you win big, this would be the appropriate time to . Once there, rolling chairs (boardwalk people movers) and jitney buses can get you from place to place. But so can your own two legs.

Where to Stay

: about 8 miles from AC

Where to Eat

for salt water taffy (it originated here)

Midtown Farmer's Market (Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina Avenues, Center City Park)

What to Do

1. Casinos

2. Anything but casinos
Check out Ducktown/Chelsea, AC's Little Italy and Vietnamese Town
Walk up
Cruise the Boardwalk
Shop at Caesars
Get a treatment at
Ride the Ferris wheel

For Your Bedside Table

Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City, by Nelson Johnson
Shore Stories, An Anthology of the Jersey Shore, edited by Rich Youmans