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). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, stroll the grounds of Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, kick back and relax at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, and walk around Cove Island Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jersey City trip planner.

New York City to Jersey City is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Jersey City can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Princeton.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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 Trinity Church. 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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Catholic Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Carnegie Lake, take in the history at Princeton Battlefield State Park, and walk around Marquand Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Princeton tour app.

You can take a train from Jersey City to Princeton in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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 Jersey Shore Alpacas and Food Tours. 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). There's still lots to do: get great views at World War II Lookout Tower, take an in-depth tour of Emlen Physick Estate, do a tasting at Turdo Vineyards & Winery, and stroll through South Cape May Meadows.

To plan Cape May vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Princeton to Cape May takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. May in Cape May sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Toms River.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Wildlife

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 · Wildlife

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.