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ATLANTIC City, or AC as locals call it, is a seaside resort and gaming capital on the east coast of the USA.

Perhaps most famous in recent years as the setting for the popular TV series Boardwalk Empire, it's host to 30 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in America.

This is a place bursting with world-renowned casino resorts such as Caesars, The Golden Nugget and Bally's.

And they don't just offer gambling opportunities - you can enjoy restaurants, theatres, spas, shops and nightclubs, making a trip here oh-so memorable.

You can also take a trolley tour around town to get your bearings and then decide which attractions you find most appealing.

The whole family will love AC because there really is something for everyone.

Kids will be wowed by the Aquarium, where they can get up close to a whole host of fishy wonders.

Or why not visit the historic Absecon Lighthouse, where they can admire the view after climbing 228 steps. After all that effort, treat them to some salt water taffy, which originated there in 1883.

Atlantic City hosts an impressive line-up of events throughout the year, such as City Restaurant Week, The Atlantic City Airshow and Boardwalk Hall's 3D Lightshow.

Nature lovers should head out on a whale-watching tour, while gastronomes will have no shortage of places to eat and drink. Everything from the Hard Rock Cafe to top-class restaurants is on the menu here.

And with several wineries in the local area, a visit - complete with tastings, of course - could be one of your holiday highlights.

If art is more your bag, AC is ideal - its creative art park Artlantic features public murals, sculptures and other works of outdoor art.

More active pursuits in AC include surfing and golf. But if it's simply a relaxing getaway that you're after, nothing can beat strolling Atlantic City's world-famous boardwalk, a historic symbol of American good times.

It's the backbone of this resort and children, especially, will enjoy Steel Pier's amusement rides.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 25, 2013
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