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New Jersey showing a high rise building, a city and general coastal views

Known as the Garden State, this area along the Eastern Seaboard offers big-city excitement and outdoor wilderness retreats.

New Jersey, just south of New York City, provides easy access to all the activities of the giant metropolis, but offers plenty of appeal in its own right.

Enjoy gardens, gambling, ocean and the Appalachians.Enjoy endless sand at Cape May beaches. Climb the Cape May Lighthouse and look over the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Take a boat trip to watch for whales and dolphins.

For a different type of oceanfront excitement, visit Atlantic City. Here a dozen casinos offer not only gambling opportunities, but also top-billed entertainment. Find family-friendly activities along the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, with restaurants, shops, beaches and ever-popular saltwater taffy.

Visit Ocean City for more great beaches and a quieter boardwalk. You’ll also find mini-golf, arcades, amusement parks and more kid-focused entertainment. Enjoy the Ocean City Pops Orchestra throughout the summer. Try surfing the Atlantic Ocean.

Go to Liberty State Park in Jersey City for views of New York City and a pleasant stroll along the Hudson River or a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty. See the Empty Sky New Jersey 9/11 Memorial, engraved with names of the 749 New Jersey residents who died during the 2001 attacks. The monument’s geometry draws viewers’ eyes to the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

Farther up the Hudson, visit Palisades Interstate Park. Follow 30 miles (48 kilometers) of trails along the Hudson’s west banks at water level or upon tall cliffs offering views of the George Washington Bridge and New York City beyond.

As the Garden State, New Jersey lives up to its name with the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands. Wander the gardens and 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of woodlands and listen to summer concerts under the stars.

New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, is so close to New York City it’s practically a sixth borough. Enjoy sporting events, performing arts and shopping. Drive an hour west to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. From ocean to mountains, New Jersey delivers a splendid vacation.

Popular cities in New Jersey

Liberty State Park featuring general coastal views, night scenes and a city
Jersey City
Known for Scenery, Urban and Skyscrapers
Directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, this vibrant city offers a smaller scale metropolitan experience anchored by the famous Liberty State Park.

Reasons to visit

  • Colgate Clock
  • Hamilton Park
  • Goldman Sachs Tower
Steel Pier showing rides
Atlantic City
Known for Walking, Casinos and Beach View
Enjoy Atlantic City’s charming boardwalk, with its casinos, shops and traditional amusement parks, or head out to see other popular attractions along the Jersey Shore.

Reasons to visit

  • Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City
  • Borgata Casino
  • Boardwalk Hall
Downtown Newark featuring a square or plaza, a city and outdoor art
Known for Sports, Theaters and Live Music
New Jersey’s largest metropolis features a stunning grove of cherry trees, a park where George Washington and his soldiers camped and one of the biggest airports in the country.

Reasons to visit

  • Prudential Center
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Military Park
Camden which includes a city, landscape views and a high rise building
Mount Laurel
Known for Dining, Family-Friendly and Shopping
Visit this West Jersey destination for year-round fun and adventures. There are amusement parks, wildlife and forests to enjoy. Philadelphia is just around the corner.

Reasons to visit

  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Battleship New Jersey
North Jersey showing outdoor art and street scenes as well as an individual male
Known for Dining, Family-Friendly and Business
This midpoint between New York City and the Delaware Water Gap combines scenic beauty with a charming town center and a famed history in furniture making.
Somerset showing a sporting event and horseriding
Known for Dining, Family-Friendly and Shopping
Visit clean, green Somerset County to discover historic settlements, important Revolutionary War sites, fine golf courses and upscale restaurants.