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Traveling from NC

Hi, I have been lurking the forum for about a month now and decided it was time to post. Thanks for all the tips you have given me so far.

My girlfriend and I are going to AC March 5-8 to celebrate her 22nd birthday and for me to get into the gambling world haha. We are youngins haha, staying at Caesars and hopefully find a room for the night of the 7th somewhere. Any tips on traveling from Charlotte NC. I figure it will be fine till Washington then hopefully I can figure out a fast way through Washington. Also I was wondering if anyone knew about how much I will spend on tolls.

Also hopefully there is some relatively cheap food around Caesars, I know I want to try the Irish Pub and the sub shop. Luckily I have a picky eating vegetarian girlfriend so I won't have to buy any expensive steaks or anything like that! CHEAP DATE

If anyone has any tips I'd appreciate it. Love all the info you wonderful people have given me.

One last thing I play Texas Holdem online and with friends and I was wondering how a beginner to playing it in an actual poker room would be accepted. Could I get away with spending around $50 to get a feel for it or would people just be annoyed with me?

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1. Re: Traveling from NC

Hi Daniel, welcome to the forum!

The 7th is only Thursday so you should be able to find a decent rate some place in advance. If you feel like waiting you might consider the app Hotels Tonight which will give you hotel deals for that particular night. Atlantic City is one of the cities they cover. For example, tonight they are offering rooms at Caesars for $51, Golden Nugget for $49, Showboat at $24 and the Atlantic Club at $47.

Not sure on how much tolls would be from Charlotte.

The Irish Pub is a good place to go... you might end up eating there multiple times! Since she is a vegetarian I would stay away from the buffets since she will probably not get her moneys worth. There are chain restaurants like Ruby Tuesday at the Walk so you might look around before coming for some coupons to use at them. There's also a Mexican restaurant there, Los Amigos, that you might want to try.

Not sure about the poker question since I don't play.

Happy birthday to your girlfriend!! Have a great time!

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2. Re: Traveling from NC

Hi Daniel ~ I would think I85 to I95 to AC Expressway is the main highway route to AC from Charlotte. But if you have time and want a more scenic route to avoid the Richmond/Washington/Baltimore madness check out I85 to 85 to Norfolk, Bay Bridge tunnel and 13 through Delmarva to Lewes. Then ferry to Cape May and a short ride up the Parkway to AC. Will you be sharing driving and are you interested in stopping along the way? I’ve done that trip many times and many ways.

For rooms check AC hotel Experts. They have a “guaranteed lowest rate.”


If you want an inexpensive vegetarian treat for your girlfriend check out Little Saigon, only a short walk from Caesars and near White House sub shop.



Yes, if you know what you’re doing you should be able to get away with spending $50 in a poker room and no one should have any reason to bother you. I suggest you post a separate question about where and what times to go to get the best responses for that here.

Travel Safe & Enjoy your lady’s birthday!

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Going around DC is not an issue as long as you don't do it around rush hours. Take 95N, when you get to the beltway around DC take the I95N toward Baltimore exit which will take you across the Woodrow wilson drawbridge. Stay on the beltway 95/495N to exit 27 which is 95N to Baltimore.

My preference from here (I live in DC) is to Take 95N all the way to Phiily then take 76E (Walt-Whitman Bridge), Then follow the signs for AC expressway.

I like tournament poker so I don't play a lot of cash games, but others can help with that I'm sure.



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4. Re: Traveling from NC

I want to add to EZDave's info. and suggest you take the Bay Bridge tunnel and either choose the ferry [because, like the Bay Bridge tunnel, it's unique] or continue up through DE to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. You'll avoid DC, Balto & Wilmington traffic. Oh yeah, Philly too. Here is some info in a recent thread tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29750-i78-k616164…

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5. Re: Traveling from NC

The available cheap food is in WWW and Ballys near the Claridge. If you are looking for stuff for the GF that is vegetarian and cheap, the 3rd floor of Caesars pier there is a deli type place near the middle that has lots of choices.

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BEWARE of Morning Rush Hr. (5 a.m. to 8 a.m.?) Traffic heading up VA 95 Northbound from Fredericksburg, Va. area to Springfield, Va.

AND/PLUS!!! VDOT may be performing construction work on the new Express HOT Lane project heading up VA 95 N. which may possibly result in lane closure(s) + backups.

As for the VA 95/495 (Baltimore) Loop crossing from VA over Woodrow Wilson Bridge into MD until you pickup MD 95 North if driving/passing thru during the mid-late morning up until 2:00 in the afternoon, traffic shouldn't be any problem. Rush hr. traffic begins to pickup after 2:00 p.m. due to commuters leaving from work in VA to return home to MD.

So <easydaves> Bay Bridge recommendation could prove the better alternative.

As for the TOLLS via 95 thru MD/DE/NJ:

Tolls will begin in Baltimore area heading to AC; will run @$17 (TO AC) & @$19 (FROM AC) depending on what particular route you take.

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7. Re: Traveling from NC

I would have to recommend bill's Gyro . He has a Greek salad to die for that your girlfriend would probably like.

Everything I have had there was very good and inexpensive. Irish Pub food is good for the price but doesn't hold a candle to bill's IMHO.

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Do not take the Bay Bridge. If you do you're going to be going completely out of your way. You'd be going 58 or 460 (or 64 which would be really out of the way and congested) which is slow goings and then you're going to have to fight traffic one way or another going through Norfolk. Add in the massive pothole problems their having and you might just end up with a disabled vehicle and an Atlantic City trip that ends before it begins.

Not only that but you're talking about the Cape May Ferry which has such a limited schedule in the winter that if you miss your planned boat you could potentially be waiting HOURS before the next one. (And you're talking about $24 round trip for the CBBT and $30 for the ferry so that's $84 right there alone, not even counting the other tolls you will encounter.)

I cannot advise against that route enough.

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9. Re: Traveling from NC

@Daniel H > Going to AC March 5-8 to celebrate your GF's birthday.

You & your girlfriend may not be interested in this; but in either case, checkout this link which includes a March 8-10th (Fri.-Sun.) AC junket trip heading to AC leaving out of Charlotte, NC. < www.totalrewardsair.com >

Caesars Total Rewards Player members are Comped (includes RT Airfare/Transfers to & from Hotel/2 Night Hotel Stay); but the site does include the p/p price (which unfortunately is not cheap) for non-members. The Casino/Hotel will be at Harrahs (on the marina) which is not on the boardwalk. For $2.25, you can ride the AC Jitney bus to/from Harrahs & the Boardwalk Casinos OR take a taxi. Harrahs has what is called "The Pool after Dark" which is an indoor climate-controlled pool that has club music & drinks which begins after 10 p.m.

Take everything into consideration: the long drive, traffic delays, RT tolls, RT Gas, your AC hotel room rate + the addition of the NJ Sales/Rm. Taxes/AC Fees. Then again; this March 8-10th trip does not come on your GF's birthdate; so I can totally relate you wanting to drive to AC during your specific dates.

Wish her a Happy 22nd Birthday from me; hope you both have fun & the weather is decent! Enjoy!!!

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Wow I appreciate all the tips and help this forum is great! I plan to go the scenic route on the way there because it is not a lot longer of a drive and the ferry sounds good. I checked all the times for the ferry and ill reserve a spot and probably leave around 4 from high point nc. Then decide later how to come home. Looks like I better go ahead and book another night somewhere else on the internet