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The essential guide to New Jersey

Our roundup of New Jersey's best bars, beaches, nightlife and neighborhoods

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Jersey: It’s the butt of a thousand jokes, the so-called “armpit of America.” But what if, beyond all the name-calling and already-ancient Jersey Shore references, the Garden State is actually…awesome? A land of beautiful beaches, New Yorker-friendly neighborhoods, fun bars, stunning scenery and fantastic shopping? Surprise! It is. This guide will tell you what to eat, where to go, what to listen to and how to speak while visiting our friends across the river, and even give you a handy neighborhood-to-neighborhood conversion guide for those thinking of making the move permanent. You can trust us, this list ain’t no fugazi. 

Reasons to love New Jersey

Restaurants

Everything to know about pork roll in NJ

A diner and deli staple is the Taylor ham—or pork roll—in NJ. But, um, what is it and what's with the two names?

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Travel

The best bed-and-breakfasts in NJ

Looking for a great bed-and-breakfast? NJ offers plenty of sleepy towns with cute B&Bs for rejuvenating getaways.

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Blog

7 amazing New Jersey day trips that don't require a car

Despite it’s, uh... colorful reputation, New Jersey has a bevy of awesome spots for nature lovers, party animals, families and adventure seekers alike

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Travel

The best weekend getaways in NJ

Don’t call it dirty Jersey—these weekend getaways in NJ are actual vacation destinations with beaches, shops and more

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Things to do

The best wineries in NJ

At these wineries in NJ, sample some of the Garden State’s finest vintages while you admire the green scenery

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Things to do

The coolest places in New Jersey for New Yorkers

Trade your NYC neighborhood for its Jersey equivalent, featuring places where even a tried-and-true New Yorker would feel comfortable

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Things to do

The best things to do in New Jersey

Even jaded New Yorkers (like us) think these across-the-Hudson haunts are worth the trek

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Restaurants

The best Jersey City restaurants and bars

Top-notch restaurants and bars are cropping up across the Hudson, making the Garden State more appetizing than ever

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Music

The 15 best New Jersey songs

If you’re heading to NJ, this playlist—featuring the Boss (of course), Ella Fitzgerald and er, Jay Z—will get you to Jerz in toe-tapping style

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More New Jersey know-how

Things to do

Five cool things to do in Hoboken

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Travel

The ultimate guide to Atlantic City

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Travel

40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer

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Travel

Atlantic City visitors guide

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