Atlantic City

 

 

 

Atlantic City, New Jersey
July 14 - 18, 2014

7.19.14  It was another great trip.  Nancy Z.

7.20.14  We just want to Thank You very much for such a well planned and fun trip. You do a phenomenal job and it pretty much ran like clock work!! Paul is a great driver and Georgann is a fun person and I can tell she is a great help to you when you need it.  Nancy S.

7.21.14  Great trip and fun people on it good job Becky.  Georgann D.

7.21.14  Great pics from a wonderful trip!   Paul A.

As we boarded the bus on Monday headed for Atlantic City, the weather forecast was not looking good for our visit, but we were going to make the best of it - and that we did!!!!

We ran into a lot of rain and drove through the many tunnels in Pennsylvania.

We were booked on a dolphin cruise in Atlantic City before our arrival at the casino on Tuesday.  Early Monday afternoon, I received a phone call from the cruise tour saying it was canceled due to the weather, so we re-booked it for Wednesday.  We checked into our hotel in Harrisburg, PA (The Central Hotel & Conference Center - Best Western).  I cannot say enough good things about this hotel - beautiful hotel, super friendly staff, and great food.  Our bags were taken to our room and many of our passengers went to the lounge for a drink prior to dinner.

Then dinner was on the agenda - fantastic food!

After a good night's sleep and breakfast in the morning, we were ready to head out. 

I thought this arrange outside the front door of the hotel was too cute.

Since we would arrive at Trump Plaza too early to check in, we decided to make a stop at Hershey's Chocolate World.  Only 1 or 2 of the passengers on the bus had ever been there.

They have a great ride taking you through the chocolate making process.

And a fun 3-D/4-D movie.

I had to take this picture and send it to my brother.

It was time to board the bus and head to Atlantic City.

So much has been talked about 3 of the casinos closing, but I sure couldn't see that the number of visitors was down that much.  Matter of fact, a cashier at Trump Plaza said there was a sale pending.  A jitney driver said about the same thing to one of our passengers.  The boardwalk was much busier than the pictures show, as I tried to wait until pedestrians were out of the way before snapping pictures.

It sure looked like the Bikini Beach Bar was the place to be.

 

Wednesday late morning we headed for the dolphin cruise on a near perfect day weather-wise.   

With the delay on my camera, it was very hard to catch the dolphin when they surfaced.  The Captain estimated there were about 12 of them playing around our boat.  You can get a glimpse of 2 fins in the picture below.

Then it was back to Trump Plaza for the remainder of the day.

With a late morning check-out on Thursday, we started our journey home, over-nighting in Pittsburgh.  Before going to our hotel, we went to Station Square for a Just Ducky Tour.  If you've never been on a Duck tour, this is probably the best way to see the city.  The guides "know their stuff" and add a whole lot humor to the ride.

There are over 400 vehicle bridges in Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh Steelers stadium.

Splash down into the river.

Before heading to our hotel after the Ducky ride, everyone had dinner at the restaurant of their choice at Station Square. 

On Friday morning, we headed to the Duquesne Incline Railway.  Built over 100 years ago, it served to take the miners up Mt. Washington to work.  We had an extremely interesting tour of the mechanism that carries these unique cars up to Mt. Washington.  The motor that runs the railway is a 100+ year old Westinghouse motor that keeps running and running.

 

Look at the beautiful woodwork inside the cars.

View of Pittsburgh from the viewing area.

The picture below shows where the Allegheny River and Monongahela River meet to form the Ohio River.

Lunch was right next door at the Coal Hill Steakhouse.

Super food and great service.  Just look at the fish sandwich!

And I had a Kielbasa sandwich with sauerkraut and onions.

Sadly, we headed back down on the incline to head for home after a fun time with a truly wonderful group of passengers!