Atlantic City + The Jersey Shore

Atlantic City + The Jersey Shore Travel Guide

Stop by this tourism center to grab a free map for a Doo-Wop Preservation Tour of Wildwoods’ wildest neon-lit 1950’s architecture.

The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar's, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world. The mall is chockablock with luxury retailers - Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.

Just when you think this beach couldn't possibly get more retro - not an iPod or cell phone in sight - a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike drives up in his vintage 1960's Good Humor ice cream truck. $5 day passes can be purchased from the tag-checkers who roam the shoreline.

About 30 miles up the coast from Atlantic City, Long Beach Island is a narrow strip of sand just two blocks wide and 20 miles long that's linked to the Jersey mainland by a narrow causeway. There's only one route on and off the island, which gets backed up for miles on weekends.

Take one of the excellent guided birding walks at Cape May Point, on the Delaware Bay.

Watch master boatbuilders in this workshop at the Tuckerton Seaport, a living-history museum of coastal arts and crafts.

Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar.

One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impeccable gingerbread porches laden with rockers and wicker furniture, Cape May is the nation's first seaside resort and southernmost point in New Jersey.