Developing into a resort for holidaymakers from Philadelphia in its early days, Atlantic City really became famous during the 1970s when gambling was legalised. Often described as Las Vegas by the sea, Atlantic City offers all the glitz and glam of a resort city filled with casinos and luxury hotels, while also being located on the beautiful coast of New Jersey. With a network of great roads and highways connecting the islands and cities of the area, Atlantic City is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the region with your rental car. Auto Europe offers several car hire pick-up locations in Atlantic City, California, and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Atlantic City is both easy and economical.
A great way to become familiar with Atlantic City is by heading down to the most famous part of the city, the boardwalk, located along the beach. An icon of the city, the boardwalk dates back to the 1870s and is lined with shops and hotels, and is also connected to a number of piers which are lined with amusement park-style rides and attractions, as well as some great colourful gardens.
For a great view of the area, drive your rental car north along the coast and visit Absecon lighthouse, located just a few minutes from the city centre. This is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the second tallest in the US, with fantastic views of the city and surrounding area from the top. To learn a little about the area and how it developed into such a well-known tourist destination, head to the Atlantic City Historical Museum. With displays on the history of the city and the area, as well as great collections of art, a visit here offers plenty to see and do.
To see one of the area's truly unique attractions, jump in your hire car and drive south from here towards the city of Margate. Here you will find Lucy the Elephant, a grand building dating back to the late 1800s. Built in the shape of an elephant, the building is almost 20 metres tall and is truly one of a kind.
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