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
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?
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.
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
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
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
The best things to do in New Jersey
Even jaded New Yorkers (like us) think these across-the-Hudson haunts are worth the trek
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