GETTING THERE: Atlantic City is less than a four-hour drive from Washington, so few Washington-area travel agents handle arrangements or offer tour packages for the resort.

Allegheny Commuter flies to Atlantic City out of National Airport; round-trip fare is $168.

TOURS: Gray Line Tours and East Coast Parlor Car Tours operate day trips to various casinos, with buses returning to Washington six hours after their Atlantic City arrival. There are morning, midday and evening departures, each costing $21.95 a person round trip. If you want to stay longer, East Coast Parlor Car Tours offers one- and two-night "Mid-Week" package deals, costing anywhere from $105 a person to more than $212, depending on how many people per hotel room and the season of travel.

Each casino also offers guest packages, including weekend arrangements.

SIDE TRIPS: If you get tired of gambling and the Boardwalk, southern New Jersey offers several nearby opportunities for further sightseeing.

The closest is the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, about 18 miles northwest of the resort. It's one of the East Coast's oldest vineyards, is open daily and offers free wine samples. It also has an antique glass museum. Admission is $1 for adults, children free.

*Further afield is Wheaton Village, in Millville, a replica of a Victorian glassmaking town. Located about 35 miles west of Atlantic City, it has a working glass factory with daily demonstrations, shops and an 1876 one-room schoolhouse. Admission is $4 for adults, with family, student and senior citizen rates also available; no charge for children 5 and under. INFORMATION: For further information about transportation or help with booking accommodations, contact the Atlantic City Visitor Bureau, 2310 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 348-7044 or 348-7130.