23 days in New Jersey Itinerary

23 days in New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Jersey journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Philadelphia International Airport, Drive to Cape May
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Cape May
— 8 nights
Drive
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Asbury Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Princeton
— 6 nights
Drive
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Jersey City
— 5 nights
Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Joplin

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Cape May

— 8 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape May: Ocean City (Downtown Ocean City & Ocean City Boardwalk) and Atlantic City (The Quarter at Tropicana, Atlantic City Boardwalk, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches, and do a tasting at Cape May Winery & Vineyard.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cape May vacation builder.

Joplin to Cape May is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joplin to Cape May. When traveling from Joplin in May, plan for little chillier days in Cape May, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Asbury Park.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Outdoors

Side Trips

Asbury Park

— 3 nights
Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Asbury Park: Deep Cut Gardens (in Middletown), Six Flags Great Adventure (in Jackson) and Highlands (The Highlands-Sea Bridge, Twin Lights Historic Site, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Asbury Park Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Ocean Grove Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catharine Catholic Church, and explore and take pictures at Point Pleasant Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asbury Park trip app.

Getting from Cape May to Asbury Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Asbury Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Princeton.

Things to do in Asbury Park

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Princeton

— 6 nights

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Explore Princeton's surroundings by going to Duke Farms (in Hillsborough), Historic Walnford (in Polhemustown) and Far Hills (Leonard J. Buck Garden & Golf House Museum). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Princeton University, walk around Mercer County Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sayen House and Gardens.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Princeton trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Asbury Park to Princeton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Princeton, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Jersey City.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jersey City

— 5 nights
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. Venture out of the city with trips to Melovino Meadery (in Vauxhall), Van Vleck House & Gardens (in Montclair) and Presby Iris Gardens (in Upper Montclair). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Liberty State Park, don't miss a visit to Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey - Waterfront 9/11 Memorial - #8, stroll around Bayonne Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Hoboken Waterfront Walkway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jersey City tour site.

Getting from Princeton to Jersey City by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Jersey City, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.