Lee Van Grack
Atlantic City's glittering skyline of casinos and hotels rises above the humble backdrop of a working class city – one of four seaside towns along an eight-mile-long barrier island not that far from sparsely populated marshlands and pine forests. One thing we sometimes forget, however, is that Atlantic City was a resort for more than a century before the first casino opened. Legalized gambling was only brought to the famed Boardwalk in 1978. Atlantic City photo opportunities were first introduced by nature, whose beach and sea provided an ideal backdrop for America's first playground. But don't stop at the shore. Carry your camera whenever you're outside. The days of diving horses and dapper Prohibition-era gangsters are past, but there's plenty to photograph in this iconic city, where even the street signs – which you'll recognize from the Monopoly game board – are photo ops. Here are five of the best photo opportunities Atlantic City can offer.