America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
The Atlantic City Boardwalk (est. in 1870) located in south New Jersey is the oldest in America and the longest in the world spanning 5.5 miles. The most famous walkway on the East Coast was not built to be anything more than a solution to keeping the sand out of the ritzy hotels and the Camden and Atlantic’s railroad passenger cars. A fed-up railroad conductor and hotel owner first petitioned to the city council in 1870, asking that a mile-long foot walk be established. Garnering plenty of attention from East Coast visitors, the boardwalk is 60 feet wide & the wood is laid in a herringbone pattern. The boardwalk is within short walking distance of shops to five-star restaurants casinos, attractions and great shows. It hosts over 27 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The official address listed is 3109 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.