As you stroll down Atlantic City's boardwalk - Baltic Avenue - a sense of nostalgia pervades, especially if you've ever played Monopoly; yes, Atlantic City is the inspiration behind the American version of this worldwide sensation. Atlantic City may not be as glamorous as its West Boast cousin, Las Vegas, but it's certainly not short on charms. From its fabulous casinos to its sun-soaked beaches, Atlantic City's entertainment options run the gamut for guilty pleasures to family-friendly fun making this a favorite weekend getaway for the residents of New Jersey and New York. For a taste of history, visit the beautifully restored Absecon Lighthouse or stop by the New Jersey Korean War Memorial. The best way to get a feel for the city, however, is to stroll down the boardwalk, the first of its kind in the United States when the original temporary structure was constructed in 1870. It is here that you will find evidence of the initial boom, subsequent decline and eventual resurrection of Atlantic City. The popular TV Show Boardwalk Empire is also based on the fascinating history of this coastal city during the prohibition era. Nostalgic, yet very much modern, Atlantic City is the perfect destination for a scenic escape.