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
— 8 nights
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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 Cove Island Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jersey City: Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Headquarters and Museum (in Morristown), Melovino Meadery (in Vauxhall) and The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (in Morris Plains). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation 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 wander the streets of Newport Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jersey City holiday planner.

New York City to Jersey City is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or ride a ferry. In April, daytime highs in Jersey City are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the 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 Princeton Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Princeton: Monmouth Battlefield Park (in Manalapan), Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial (in Yardley) and Cream Ridge Winery (in Cream Ridge). 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 Emlen Physick Estate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cape May: Great Egg Harbor Bay (in Somers Point), Ocean City (Downtown Ocean City & Corson's Inlet State Park) and Spas & Wellness (in Sea Isle City). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a tour of Spirit of Cape May, contemplate the long history of World War II Lookout Tower, and experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cape May holiday planning website.

You can drive from Princeton to Cape May in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Toms River.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Wineries · Outdoors · 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 Ship Bottom Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Barnegat Light Museum (in Barnegat Light), Monmouth Park Racetrack (in Oceanport) and Highlands (Hartshorne Woods Park & Twin Lights Historic Site). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Catharine Catholic Church, enjoy some diversion at Castle Park II, and take an in-depth tour of Ocean County Historical Museum.

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.