This blog post was updated on August 22, 2019.
Stretches of golden coasts as far as the eye can see, dozens of chances to have a dance with lady luck, and a place with a rich, diverse history that legends like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein called home…where can you see and experience it all at once? None other than New Jersey! So for all of you out there that give this state a bad rap, the joke’s on you!
From casino resorts to historic lighthouses, saltwater taffy to boardwalks and lush forests to wondrous waterfalls, the Garden State has plenty for visitors to enjoy. Here are just four (of many!) reasons to visit New Jersey, ASAP!
She Sells Sea Shells, by the Jersey Shore!
New Jersey is home to around 130 miles of diverse coastline, from the Sandy Hook beaches near New York City to where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean at Cape May. Between beaches, marinas, boardwalks, and surfing options, there’s something for everyone when you go “down the shore”.
Stop, Drop, and Bop to the Pop Culture
There’s no denying that NJ has left a sizeable footprint in terms of American rock (which is why there are whole tours and guidebooks dedicated to notable Jersey rockers), most notably Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. If music isn’t your thing, you might be interested in a look around the area that served as the setting for the show that changed cable TV forever…The Sopranos (and before you even ask, there’s no Jersey Shore tour — we checked).
Revel in the Revolutionary History & More!
Despite what neighboring states like New York or Pennsylvania would like tourists to believe, major historical happenings also went down in New Jersey. There’s the slew of Revolutionary War sites, so many in fact that it’s probably best to use this website to find the one you’ll be most interested in. NJ was also home to legendary American inventor Thomas Edison, whose home and estate is now a National Park you can visit, and Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein, whose home is just a short drive from Princeton University campus and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Soak in the Best of Natural Beauty
There’s a reason New Jersey is nicknamed “The Garden State” and that’s because it’s home to over 35 state parks and more than a dozen state forests. There are also several wildlife management areas and half-a-dozen national wildlife refuges. Oh, and part of the famous Appalachian Trail even cuts through the state. So if you ever feel the urge to pack a backpack and see some wildlife, New Jersey’s definitely a contender that makes the list!
Think we missed a reason to visit New Jersey? Let us know in the comments section below.