43 days in New Jersey Itinerary

43 days in New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Jersey trip planner

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Jersey City
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Princeton
— 10 nights
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Cape May
— 14 nights
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Toms River
— 10 nights
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Jersey City

— 8 nights
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Branch Brook Park and Newport Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jersey City: Melovino Meadery (in Vauxhall), Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum (in Morristown) and The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (in Morris Plains). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, take in the waterfront at Pier A Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and walk around Cove Island Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jersey City day trip planner.

New York City to Jersey City is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or ride a ferry. April in Jersey City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Princeton.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Princeton

— 10 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 hidden gems such as Princeton University Chapel and Marquand Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Princeton: Cream Ridge Winery (in Cream Ridge), Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial (in Yardley) and Monmouth Battlefield Park (in Manalapan). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Princeton Battle Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Catholic Church, and take in the history at Princeton Battlefield State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Princeton online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Jersey City to Princeton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Princeton can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Cape May

— 14 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Willow Creek Winery and Cape May Winery & Vineyard. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape May: Ocean City (Downtown Ocean City & Corson's Inlet State Park), Great Egg Harbor Bay (in Somers Point) and Spas & Wellness (in Sea Isle City). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at South Cape May Meadows, take some stellar pictures from World War II Lookout Tower, experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas, and take an in-depth tour of Emlen Physick Estate.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cape May fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Princeton to Cape May by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cape May are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Toms River.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Toms River

— 10 nights
Featured in "Jersey Shore" and "Boardwalk Empire," Toms River boasts a community that is growing in popularity.
Explore hidden gems such as Cattus Island County Park and The Robert J. Novins Planetarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Monmouth Park Racetrack (in Oceanport), Highlands (Hartshorne Woods Park & Twin Lights Historic Site) and Barnegat Light Museum (in Barnegat Light). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ship Bottom Beach, examine the collection at Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey, walk around Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, and learn about all things military at Museum of NJ Maritime History.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Toms River day trip planner.

You can drive from Cape May to Toms River in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Toms River when traveling from Cape May in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Toms River

Parks · Museums · Wineries · Beaches

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.