22 days in New Jersey Itinerary

22 days in New Jersey Itinerary

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22 days in New Jersey Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  30​min
1
Jersey City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Princeton
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cape May
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Asbury Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Newark

4
nights
Jersey City

Jersey City ©
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Mills at Jersey Gardens and Goffle Road Poultry Farm. Visiting Demarest Nature Center and Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Jersey City side-trips: Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (in Madison), Reeves-Reed Arboretum (in Summit) and The Raptor Trust Center (in Millington). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, browse the different shops at The Outlet Collection - Jersey Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard E.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jersey City online trip itinerary maker .

Newark to Jersey City is an approximately half hour car ride. Traveling from Newark in October, Jersey City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Princeton.

Things to do in Jersey City

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Elizabeth, The Raptor Trust Center, Trailside Nature & Science Center, Closter Nature Center, Teaneck Creek Conservancy
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Demarest Nature Center ©
Demarest Nature Center
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Reeves-Reed Arboretum ©
Reeves-Reed Arboretum

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Trinity Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Princeton University Art Museum and Princeton University Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Princeton side-trips: Round Valley Recreation Area (in Lebanon), Duke Farms (in Hillsborough) and Columbia (Delaware Water Gap & Lakota Wolf Preserve). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park, stroll around Grounds For Sculpture, stop by The Fudge Shoppe, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Princeton visit site .

You can drive from Jersey City to Princeton in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Jersey City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Princeton, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cape May.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Columbia, Willowwood Arboretum, Round Valley Recreation Area, Grounds For Sculpture, Ken Lockwood Gorge WIldlife Management Area
Highlights from your plan
Duke Farms ©
Duke Farms
Princeton University Art Museum ©
Princeton University Art Museum
Lakota Wolf Preserve ©
Lakota Wolf Preserve

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape May Lighthouse and Lucy the Elephant. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Atlantic City Boardwalk and Cape May Artists’ Cooperative. Get out of town with these interesting Cape May side-trips: Downtown Ocean City (in Ocean City) and Atlantic City (The Quarter at Tropicana, Harrah's Atlantic City Casino, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, contemplate the long history of Emlen Physick Estate, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cape May County Park & Zoo, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape May trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Princeton to Cape May in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Cape May, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asbury Park.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May County Park & Zoo, Cape May Artists’ Cooperative, Cape May Bird Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches
Atlantic City Boardwalk ©
Atlantic City Boardwalk
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse

4
nights
Asbury Park

Asbury Park ©
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Allaire State Park and St. Catharine Catholic Church. Get outdoors at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Gateway National Recreation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asbury Park: The Original Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store (in Lavallette) and Cloverdale Farm County Park (in Barnegat). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Silverball Pinball Museum, get curious at InfoAge - Science History Learning Center and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Island Beach State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Asbury Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Asbury Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Asbury Park are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Asbury Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, InfoAge - Science History Learning Center and Museum, St. Catharine Catholic Church, Ocean Grove Beach
Highlights from your plan
Silverball Pinball Museum ©
Silverball Pinball Museum
Ocean Grove Beach ©
Ocean Grove Beach

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