New Jersey

Travel Guide
Empty Sky Memorial showing a monument as well as a large group of people
Revolutionary history, fun-filled family attractions, charming towns and a dramatic, windswept coastline all meet in the scenic Garden State of New Jersey.

New Jersey is famed for its enthralling attractions, world-renowned universities and its Jersey Shore, the long stretch of coastline that features quaint towns and lively cities. The most densely populated state in the nation crams in numerous museums, monuments and outdoor destinations within a compact space. Visit coastal casinos, stunning galleries and historic sights all within welcoming New Jersey.

The state was at the center of the War of Independence, due to its crucial location between the two major cities of Philadelphia and New York. Explore sites such as Monmouth Battlefield State Park and Trenton Battle Monument to learn about the state’s involvement in the conflict.

Wander around the leafy campus of Princeton University, one of the leading educational establishments in the nation. The historic grounds host the Princeton University Art Museum, which features an impressive array of paintings, sculptures and antiquities from around the world.

Indulge in the pleasures of Atlantic City, famed for its casino-lined boardwalks and luxury hotels. Shop for clothes created by some of the biggest brands in fashion, feast on mouthwatering seafood and relax in full-service spas.

Escape to New Jersey’s beautiful coast, known for charming waterfront towns. Stroll around Cape May, which maintains a winsome 19th-century atmosphere. Visit the Cape May Lighthouse, one of the oldest working beacons in the country. Spring Lake offers a serene oceanfront retreat near the southernmost tip of the state in a charming, scenic town.

Bring your family to New Jersey to experience all of its numerous attractions. Plummet down the roller coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure and experience the interactive exhibits of the Liberty Science Center. The Adventure Aquarium features live displays of penguins, sharks and even porcupines, while Storybook Land transports children to a world of fairy tales.

New Jersey is served by regular transportation links to New York City, which is right on the edge of the state. Visit New Jersey in summer for the best weather on the beaches but try to come midweek to avoid the crowds.

Where to stay in New Jersey

Ocean City featuring outdoor eating, cafe lifestyle and street scenes

North End

4.5/5(267 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North End, Ocean City Boardwalk and Ocean City Beach are top sights worth seeing.

North End
Atlantic City showing a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a large group of people

Ship Bottom

4/5(145 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and museums in Ship Bottom. You might want to make time for a stop at Long Beach or Hartland Miniature Golf & Arcade.

Ship Bottom
Downtown Jersey City featuring outdoor art

Downtown Jersey City

4.5/5(602 area reviews)

Downtown Jersey City is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Jersey City City Hall and Goldman Sachs Tower.

Downtown Jersey City