28 days in New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

28 days in New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Princeton
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Princeton
— 5 nights
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Atlantic City
— 4 nights
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Cape May
— 5 nights
Drive
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Asbury Park
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 9 nights
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Princeton

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Landau's and SteelStacks. Step out of the city life by going to Ironton Rail Trail and Duke Farms. Change things up with these side-trips from Princeton: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (in Delaware Water Gap), Parx Casino (in Bensalem) and Sands Casino (in Bethlehem). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, take an in-depth tour of Asa Packer Mansion, stroll the grounds of Princeton Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Princeton route planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Princeton is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Quito in September, expect nights in Princeton to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Atlantic City

— 4 nights

America's Favorite Playground

The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
We've included these beaches for you: Brigantine Beach and Ship Bottom Beach. Get outdoors at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Black Pearl Pirate Excursion. Change things up with these side-trips from Atlantic City: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park (in Barnegat Light) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ocean City). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at The Quarter at Tropicana, try to win big at Caesars Atlantic City Casino, appreciate the history behind Lucy the Elephant, and don't miss a visit to Civil Rights Garden.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Atlantic City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Princeton to Atlantic City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Atlantic City are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cape May

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Washington Street Mall and Wildwood Boardwalk. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cape May Point State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Cape May Artists’ Cooperative, enjoy the sea views from Cape May Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cape May day trip site.

Drive from Atlantic City to Cape May in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Cape May sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Asbury Park.

Things to do in Cape May

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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. Visiting Ocean Grove Beach and 8th Ave Jetty will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Hot Sand and Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Change things up with these side-trips from Asbury Park: Twin Lights Historic Site (in Highlands) and Six Flags Great Adventure (in Jackson). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Kur Wellness Studios, see what you can catch with Miss Belmar Princess, have some family-friendly fun at Silverball Retro Arcade Asbury Park, and get engrossed in the history at Allaire State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Asbury Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Asbury Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Asbury Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Asbury Park

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

New York City

— 9 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Great Neck Steppingstone Park and Long Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Jones Beach State Park (in Wantagh), Rockefeller State Park Preserve (in Pleasantville) and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (in Sleepy Hollow). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Times Square, get engrossed in the history at Ellis Island, get some thrills out on the water with Sea the City Jet Ski Tours, and immerse yourself in nature at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

Drive from Asbury Park to New York City in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Asbury Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in New York City. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
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.

Jersey Shore travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Beaches · Piers & Boardwalks
For All Seasons
The crown jewel of the state of New Jersey, the Jersey Shore is famous for its many boardwalks and amusement parks offering hundreds of rides and attractions. For many New Jersey natives, going "down the shore" is a weekly habit, though this 200 km (120 mi) stretch of coastline attracts more than just locals. The region is a growing favorite with foreign visitors on vacation, drawn by its rich assortment of places to visit, including beaches, shops, and restaurants. The shore's many oceanfront communities, each with a different character and flavor, range from vibrant resorts entirely dedicated to gambling and clubbing, to small towns known primarily for quieter, family-oriented activities.