Las Vegas is often the first choice for a fun, last-minute escape, and low prices on flights to Vegas and hotels make this fall the perfect time to plan a friends reunion or romantic getaway. But for an option closer to home, Atlantic City also entertains with casinos and nightlife – though on a smaller scale, they also come with a smaller price tag.
About two and a half hours from Manhattan, the coastal New Jersey town of Atlantic City is known for its boardwalks, beaches and casinos. Its boardwalk was the nation’s first, and saltwater taffy was first made and sold here.
With plenty of shopping, golf, spa and dining options, visitors can tailor a getaway to match their individual preferences, down to the lodging. For a location right on the boardwalk, check into Revel, which The New York Times calls "a stunning achievement.” A current sale is cutting room rates to $149 per night, including a $100 dining credit, parking and nightclub entrance.
If you want to be on the boardwalk but don’t care for the rowdiness of a casino, stay at The Chelsea. At this retro-style, non-gaming hotel, guests can unwind at the 10,000-square-foot spa and multiple pools. Rates here are $239 for a two-night stay – a 40% discount – over weekends through December.
For a quiet getaway that’s still within easy reach of the action, book a room 20 minutes from Atlantic City at The Colonial Inn at Historic Smithville. The town’s quaint cobbled streets are lined with shops selling candles, antiques and crafts. Weekday stays here are just $149 a night through June 12 and include wine tastings and daily breakfast with this Travelzoo deal.
Tip: While you’re exploring Atlantic City, don’t miss Lucy the Elephant, a National Historic Landmark and an unofficial mascot of the town. The 65-foot elephant-shaped structure has over the years been a restaurant, a tavern and a house. It’s currently a tourist attraction that visitors can climb for views of the ocean.