USCT 006: Visiting Atlantic City – With Author Bryant Simon

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USCTIn this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast, you get to meet Bryant Simon, the author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America, which has has received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Philadelphia Enquire, and The Chicago Tribune. His research on Atlantic City has earned awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Urban History Association, and the New Jersey Historical Commission. We discuss America’s first boardwalk and how it’s evolved so much in just a few short decades. From the city’s must-see attractions to favorite dining spots, this is the ultimate guide to Atlantic City.


More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: 

  • Get an idea of what the beaches are like!
  • Hear about which (if any) American city that Bryant believes Atlantic City is most comparable to.
  • Hear about how it compare to Las Vegas.
  • Understand the definite must-sees.
  • Learn about the city’s best free attractions.
  • See which attractions that Bryant would consider to be overrated.
  • Hear about Lucy The Elephant!
  • Hear about some of Bryant’s favorite area restaurants.
  • Get to know what you can expect from the local nightlife and entertainment scene.
  • Find out whether or not Bryant believes that the city is a good place for shoppers.
  • Hear about the cities best regional foods.
  • Get in the know about the city’s best kept secrets.
  • Learn about common mistakes or misconceptions that tourist often make.
  • See if Bryant believes that shows like MTV’s Jersey Shore have tainted the areas image and led to a decline in visits from older crowds!
  • Find out what’s the best time of year to visit.
  • Hear Bryant’s budget travel advice.
  • See which hotels Bryant would reccomend.
  • Hear about some of the city’s best day trips.
  • Learn why Atlantic City does not have a movie theater and why it has security guards and medal detectors at the super market.
  • Find out whether or not Bryant considers it to be a good place to live.
  • Hear about the various ways that Atlantic City has evolved over the years.
  • Hear about the sort of direction that Bryant sees urban America headed in.
  • Learn what Americans can learn from Starbucks.
  • And so much more!


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Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoyed this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast. Check us out for more of America’s favorite vacation destinations. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below. Cheers!

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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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