From the fried food, to the crazy rides, kids games, and a gorgeous beach, a great boardwalk has something for everyone. “They appeal to different people for different reasons," explains James Lilliefors, author of America's Boardwalks: From Coney Island to California. "A great boardwalk is one that is nostalgic, but keeps its nostalgia current." These wooden walkways are an important part of Americana that dates all the way to 1870 in Atlantic City, when hotels didn't want sand spilling into their lobbies. But nearly 150 years later, they’re still the perfect spot for summer, whether you're on a trip with the kids or looking to have a good time with your friends. We asked Lilliefors to take us on a tour of the top ten boardwalks in America.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
The grandfather of all boardwalks, Atlantic City has been around since just after the Civil War. The famous four-mile stretch is one of the longest still standing, and is filled with flashy casinos, two-person wicker chairs carts that date back to 1887, and the Absecon Lighthouse, the third tallest in America with a killer view of the skyline.
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