Hotel at a Glance: Revel
Nearly every inch of Revel is dedicated to decadence, from the indoor-outdoor pool to a rooftop garden with 20,000 plants, pine trees, and a fireplace. In between, there's a swanky casino and a slew of restaurants, including a steakhouse that Travel + Leisure named one of the best in America. If you venture off the resort property, you'll find yourself right on Atlantic City's famed boardwalk.
- Enormous casino with more than 100,000 square feet of themed slot machines and table games as well as a lounge offering ocean views via floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Award-winning chefs with nods from the James Beard Foundation, Michelin, and Iron Chef lend their skills to steakhouses, Spanish restaurants, and European-style cafés.
- Star power: The 5,500-seat Ovation Hall has attracted acts such as John Legend, Larry the Cable Guy, and Pat Benatar.
- Exhale Spa features Himalayan salt grottoes, a mineral-water pool, and services including acupuncture and organic body treatments.
- Va-va-voom: Corset-clad dancers take the stage until 2 a.m. at Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub.
- Well-reviewed: The hotel maintains an impressive 5-star rating.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it's family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn't all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner's Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin's biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.