56 days in New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

56 days in New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner
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Columbia
— 4 nights
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Princeton
— 8 nights
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Sea Isle City
— 2 nights
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Cape May
— 6 nights
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Toms River
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 31 nights

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Columbia — 4 nights

Columbia is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Knowlton Township in Warren County, New Jersey, United States, that was created as part of the 2010 United States Census. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Columbia: Jacobsburg State Park (in Nazareth), Well-Sweep Herb Farm (in Port Murray) and Merril Creek Reservoir (in Washington). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lakota Wolf Preserve, do a tasting at Brook hollow winery, experience rural life at Little Brushwood Alpaca Farm, and delve into the lush surroundings at Stokes State Forest.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Columbia itinerary maker tool.

New York City to Columbia is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect little chillier evenings in Columbia when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Princeton.
Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife
Side Trips

Princeton — 8 nights

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cross Estate Gardens (in Bernardsville), The Raptor Trust Center (in Millington) and Duke Farms (in Hillsborough). There's much more to do: walk around Grounds For Sculpture, contemplate the long history of Washington Crossing Historic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stoney Brook-Millstone Watershed, and gain insight at Princeton University.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Princeton trip planner.

You can drive from Columbia to Princeton in 1.5 hours. In May in Princeton, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sea Isle City.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Wineries
Side Trips

Sea Isle City — 2 nights

Sea Isle City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. On the 14th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Ocean Galleries and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve and then join the crowd at Absolute Cycle Experience.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sea Isle City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Princeton to Sea Isle City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Cape May.
Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips

Cape May — 6 nights

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.
Step out of Cape May with an excursion to Millville Army Airfield Museum in Millville--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at Balance Pilates & Yoga Studio, examine the collection at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, and learn about winemaking at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape May trip site.

Cape May is just a short distance from Sea Isle City. In May in Cape May, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Toms River.
Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Toms River — 4 nights

Featured in "Jersey Shore" and "Boardwalk Empire," Toms River boasts a community that is growing in popularity.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toms River: The Smithville Mansion (in Eastampton), @ease Massage (in Belmar) and Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge (in Medford). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, take in nature's colorful creations at Deep Cut Gardens, and visit a coastal fixture at Twin Lights Historic Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Toms River planner.

Traveling by car from Cape May to Toms River takes 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 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to New York City.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trips

New York City — 31 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Philadelphia (Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, &more), Chanticleer (in Wayne) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Toms River to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Toms River in May, New York City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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.