For the uninitiated, New Jersey might be regarded as not-quite-NYC, but the truth is very far from it. The best things to do in New Jersey include some of the best coastline views on the Eastern Seaboard (beaches!), plus the state is postivley dripping in history, from the gentrified brownstone beauty of Weehawken and Hoboken, down the coast to Jersey City and Liberty State Park, past Sandy Hook and Atlantic City. (We know you were wondering what is there to do in New Jersey at night.)
And did you know that the Statue of Liberty is actually in New Jersey? OK, yes, Liberty Island and a portion of Ellis Island are within the territorial jurisdiction of New York state, but still, the monument is in New Jersey waters.
So what are the best things to do in New Jersey? The state’s huge—and frankly, underrated—cities are home to fabulous hotels and restaurants and vibrant art scenes. Deep forests with twisting trails make the outside world disappear. There’s the beach, which ranges from deserted island to laid-back urbane by the mile. Then, the world-class museums and heritage sites that tell the state’s story while maintaining a modern heartbeat. When you tire of one vibe, just hop in the car, load up the GPS and give your itinerary a remix. Being the country’s most densely populated state definitely has its advantages.
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