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Coastal Escapes: Atlantic City, N.J.( Revel / July 2, 2013 )
Yes, there's more to do than gamble your life away in Atlantic City, folks. A popular destination for musical acts and other entertainment, there are plenty of ways to cap off a day at the beach. Just pace your spending. Atlantic City is the kind of town that can swallow your wallet before you realize what has happened.
Distance from Baltimore: 153 miles
Summer events/activities: "Beatlemania Now," a '60s-inspired concert experience, at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (2500 Boardwalk; trumpplaza.com or 609-441-6000, tickets: $30-$48) just opened; the Killers take the stage at the Borgata (1 Borgata Way; theborgata.com or 609-317-1000; tickets: $99) on Aug. 9; watch movies under the stars for free at Gardner's Basin (800 N. New Hampshire Ave.; 609-348-2880) starting July 15; marvel at the outdoor 3-D light show at Boardwalk Hall (2314 Pacific Ave.; boardwalkhall.com or 609-449-7151).
Cool lodging: Stay at the newest (and pretty damn fancy) hotel in Atlantic City, the Revel (500 Boardwalk; revelresorts.com or 609-572-6488), and enjoy the spa (above), casino and sweeping ocean views. For those on more of a budget, Harrah's Resort and Casino (777 Harrah's Blvd.; harrahsresort.com or 609-441-5000) is great for nightlife, with several bars and a party atmosphere at the Pool After Dark.
Eat here: Most Atlantic City restaurants are found in the casinos, but there are a few great alternatives. Pay less for homestyle breakfast food at Constantino's Restaurant (1100 Pacific Ave.; 609-344-4932). If you're feeling Italian (and willing to shell out a bit more), try Chef Vola's (111 S. Albion Place; chefvolas.com or 609-345-2022).
Don't miss: Why go to Atlantic City if you aren't going to try your luck at the casinos? From Caesars (2100 Pacific Ave.; caesarsac.com or 609-348-4411) to the Trump Taj Mahal (1000 Boardwalk; trumptaj.com or 609-449-1000) if you're going to gamble away all your money, you might as well do it in style.