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New Jersey has long been overlooked as a viable travel destination because of the misperception that it's all exit ramps, toll roads, and an industrial northeast corner. This is a shame for those judging the state strictly on stereotypes, but great for anyone looking to keep this varied gem all to themselves. In addition to ethnically diverse cities, New Jersey hosts hundreds of miles of coastline, dozens of state parks, historic districts ranging from Cape May's Gingerbread Victorians to Wildwoods' 1950s-era Doo Wop motels, and shopping opportunities that include antique-based villages and high-end beachfront stores. Gourmet eateries, ...

New Jersey has long been overlooked as a viable travel destination because of the misperception that it's all exit ramps, toll roads, and an industrial northeast corner. This is a shame for those judging the state strictly on stereotypes, but great for anyone looking to keep this varied gem all to themselves. In addition to ethnically diverse cities, New Jersey hosts hundreds of miles of coastline, dozens of state parks, historic districts ranging from Cape May's Gingerbread Victorians to Wildwoods' 1950s-era Doo Wop motels, and shopping opportunities that include antique-based villages and high-end beachfront stores. Gourmet eateries, coffee houses, and independent boutiques have rejuvenated downtowns such as Red Bank, Collingswood, and Lambertville, and cities like Hoboken and Atlantic City offer nightlife comparable to nearby urban centers.

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts have it made in New Jersey: along with ample hiking, cycling, skiing, and camping opportunities throughout the northwest Skylands, Central Jersey is home to more than a million virtually untouched acres of forest and river perfect for hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. History buffs will find plenty to do in Central Jersey, while those searching for a quiet reprieve should try South Jersey and the Delaware River towns. For an authentic Garden State experience, nothing beats the Jersey Shore.

Laura Kiniry
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Laura Kiniry is the author of Moon Handbooks New Jersey.

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