I had some time off from work and 2 comped nights at Caesar’s properties so I decided to spend a few days at Atlantic City. Originally I was supposed to travel with a friend but he had to cancel at the last minute so I did the 4.5 hour drive by myself. Since it was Labor Day, I left my house at 6am to avoid as much traffic as possible. I have been traveling to Vegas 4 times a year but due to increased airline prices, hastle with air transportation and the fact the customer service in strip casinos is suffering, I started going to AC a few times a year instead. AC doesnt have the vibe or entertainment LAS Vegas has but Vegas doesnt have beaches and boardwalks. AC is also improving security on the boardwalk as I only had 1 person ask for change during my visit. I arrived at Bally’s at 11am and since it was too early to check in, I grabbed my bathing suit, cooler and beach chair from the trunk and spent the next 5 hours sitting on the beach. It was crowded but there is so much space available it did not seemed cramped. The weather for all 3 days was low 90’s and the water was warm enough where you did not freeze when you walked in. Atlantic City really does a great job of keeping the beaches clean. I went to check in around 4pm and there was a line of about 50 people ahead of me but several check-in desks were open and it took about 20 minutes to get the keys and head up to the room. I reserved a room in the Bally’s tower as I have stayed here before and find this to have nicer rooms and views. I could see all the way down to the Trump Taj Mahal from my room. It had a shower/tub and a large sink and counter. The room was clean and comfortable and housekeeping does an excellent job. I tracked sand into the room every day and each day I noticed the room was vacuumed. The casino at Bally’s is kind of bland, like a warehouse with slot machines, and was not crowded at all. I played there the first night and then played at Caesar’s which is right next door the other 2 nights as they have a more festive atmosphere and good drink service. On my 2nd night, I hit for $280 on a Monopoly slot while playing only .40 a spin. That paid for gas and food for the trip. Bally’s has an excellent location and rooms are clean and I would stay there again if comped or reduced rate room offers continue. Other highlights to the trip: I went to the Revel casino around 1am on Tuesday morning. I was going to try and be the last one out when they closed the doors but I started falling asleep around 3:30 and left. I did turn my $20 in free play into $80 before leaving. The Revel and Showboat were my 2 home bases in AC and now they are both gone. Atlantic City may not be the gambling mecca it once was but the beaches and boardwalk make it a nice place to visit.