Are you planning a vacation? Have you thought about New Jersey as a destination? It may not be the first place that comes to mind on your list of top travel destination, but the state has a lot to offer.
Once you get away from the NYC suburbs and the less attractive urban and industrial centers, there’s a lot to love in New Jersey. The state is home to great beaches, national historic and cultural sites, and pristine forests. Here are five great reasons to visit the Garden State on your next vacation.
It may not boast world class breaks, palm trees, or crystal clear waters, but the New Jersey surfing scene is thriving. Fall is the best time to get in the water. As the Summer crowds begin to die down, the Atlantic hurricane season starts pushing decent swells. So grab a wet suit and hang ten!
Ready to hit the road? New Jersey sports a ton of excellent scenic drives. Check out 122 mile Bayshore Heritage route. You’ll drive from Delaware Bay to Cape May passing by beaches, lighthouses, and state parks along the way. Next, head inland to the 24 mile Upper Freehold Historic Farmland scenic by-way, and cruise past rolling farmlands, historic B&Bs, and wineries in the farmlands of Monmouth County.
The quiet by-ways and scenic vistas you’ll find when traveling in New Jersey should be right up your alley. Just remember the statewide speed limit is 55mph. If your lead foot gets the best of you, though, the Garden State allows payment of traffic fines online. Here is a link to a guide with detailed information on paying your fines online using njmcdirect.com.
The Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area is a network of historical sites that chronicle New Jersey’s revolutionary war history. From Fort Nonsense in Morristown, to Washington’s Delaware River crossing near Trenton, the rich history of the Revolutionary War is alive in New Jersey. If war history isn’t your thing, check out one of the state’s nine National Parks (https://www.nps.gov/state/nj/index.htm).
The Appalachian Trail
Speaking of National Parks, the Garden
State hosts a section of the Appalachian Trail. The Northern edge of the state
is home to 72 miles of the trail where it passes through rolling mountains and
an elevation range of over 1,000 feet. Watch out for bears!
The New Jersey Pine Barrens is a unique biosphere. It covers over a million acres of land in central New Jersey. The Pine Barrens are the first National Reserve established in the United States, and contain eight separate National forests and parks within their boundaries. Attractions include Batsto Village, a historic site where evidence suggests humans may have lived since prehistoric times. In 1766, the settlers of Batsto Village began making iron by processing “bog ore” found along river banks.
With all that New Jersey has to offer, there’s something for everyone. So plan your next vacation to the Garden State!