The essential guide to New Jersey

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

View from Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City
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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

The best beaches in NJ
Attractions

The best beaches in NJ

If Snooki, GTL and fist-pumping come to mind when you think of the best beaches in NJ, it’s time to get out and explore the shore. From quiet, natural settings to fun, family-friendly boardwalks, the sand, surf and sun of the best beaches near NYC await. Start planning a day trip or weekend getaway now—no muscle shirt required. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to New Jersey

The best bed-and-breakfasts in NJ
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.

The best Montclair restaurants
Restaurants

The best Montclair restaurants

These Montclair restaurants are worth the trip to New Jersey for their Italian, Ethiopian or Tex-Mex food

The best Jersey City restaurants
Restaurants

The best Jersey City restaurants

Feed your Garden State hunger pangs at the best Jersey City restaurants, from bottomless brunches to multicourse meals

The full guide to Atlantic City, NJ
Travel

The full guide to Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ, is the East Coast’s version of Las Vegas. Head down the shore for its casinos, hotels and restaurants.

The best places to go wine tasting in NJ
Bars

The best places to go wine tasting in NJ

Whether part of a day trip or a weekend down the shore, these are the best places to go wine tasting in New Jersey

The best things to do in Jersey City, NJ
Things to do

The best things to do in Jersey City, NJ

Hop over the Hudson to discover all the incredible things Jersey City has to offer, from parks to bars and restaurants

The best things to do in Ocean City, NJ
Things to do

The best things to do in Ocean City, NJ

Be a beach bum, get in touch with nature and explore all the wonderful things to do in Ocean City, NJ

The full guide to Hoboken, NJ
Things to do

The full guide to Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken, NJ, gives NYC a run for its money with a thriving bar scene, hip restaurants and fantastic festivals

The 10 best romantic getaways in NJ
Things to do

The 10 best romantic getaways in NJ

With these romantic getaways in NJ, taking a trip to the Garden State might be the best decision you ever made

More New Jersey know-how

Five cool things to do in Hoboken
Things to do

Five cool things to do in Hoboken

The ultimate guide to Atlantic City
Travel

The ultimate guide to Atlantic City

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

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

Atlantic City visitors guide
Travel

Atlantic City visitors guide