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Location tours: 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Boardwalk Empire

'Boardwalk Empire'

Atlantic City, N.J., has always had a seedy underbelly, which the Emmy-winning HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" exploits through its lead character Nucky Thompson, a Prohibition-era gangster played by Steve Buscemi. While Thompson's actions on the show are fictional, he's based on the real-life Nucky Johnson, who ruled Atlantic City from 1910 until his imprisonment for tax evasion in 1941.

The Great American Trolley Co.'s "Roaring 20s Tour" doesn't specifically mention "Boardwalk Empire," says company spokeswoman Stephanie Adelizzi.

But the TV show "certainly piqued the interest" of people coming to Atlantic City, she says. "Those that watch the show do get to learn the accuracies of the behavior of certain key people such as Nucky Johnson and Al Capone, as well as the operation of the rumrunners."

What you see: A "Boardwalk Empire" facade on the Atlantic City boardwalk, meant as recreation of the show's sets

Most popular stop: The former Ritz-Carlton hotel, where the real Nucky lived and once hosted Al Capone

Tour frequency: Thursdays

Cost (per adult): $25 for four-hour tour


 

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