21 days in Orange County & New Jersey Itinerary

21 days in Orange County & New Jersey Itinerary

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21 days in Orange County & New Jersey Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  1​h
1
Laguna Beach
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + train:  11​h 45​min
2
Princeton
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cape May
— 8 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

4
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and San Clemente State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Clemente Coastal Trail and 1,000 Steps Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Laguna Beach side-trips: Huntington Beach (Downtown Huntington Beach & Huntington Dog Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Salt Creek Beach, view the masterpieces at Virga Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Laguna Beach tour planner.

Los Angeles to Laguna Beach is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Princeton.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Salt Creek Beach, Montanez Adobe
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach
Salt Creek Beach ©
Salt Creek Beach

7
nights
Princeton

Princeton ©
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 Lakota Wolf Preserve and Island Beach State Park. Silverball Pinball Museum and Allaire State Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Princeton: Ocean Grove Beach (in Ocean Grove), Hot Sand (in Asbury Park) and Duke Farms (in Hillsborough). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, take a leisurely stroll along Belmar Beach, get engrossed in the history at Red Mill Museum Village, and explore by horseback at Sourland Mountain Preserve.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Princeton trip maker .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Laguna Beach to Princeton in 12 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Laguna Beach to Princeton is 3 hours. In August in Princeton, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hillsborough, Toms River, Asbury Park, Lakota Wolf Preserve, Old Barracks Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve

8
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Speed Boats Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery and Cape May Brewing Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucy the Elephant (in Margate City), Downtown Ocean City (in Ocean City) and Absecon Lighthouse (in Atlantic City). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Emlen Physick Estate, enjoy the sand and surf at Stone Harbor Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape May Point State Park, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cape May road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Princeton to Cape May takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Cape May sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ocean City, Lower Township, Stone Harbor, Absecon Lighthouse, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery ©
Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery
Emlen Physick Estate ©
Emlen Physick Estate
Cape May Brewing Company ©
Cape May Brewing Company

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