7 days in New Jersey & South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in New Jersey & South Dakota Itinerary

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Jersey City
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Atlantic City
— 2 nights
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Princeton
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Jersey City

— 1 day
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): go for a walk through Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and then stroll around Branch Brook Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, 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. April in Jersey City sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Atlantic City.

Things to do in Jersey City

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atlantic City

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Sat), stroll through Wildwood Beach, experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Borgata Casino, try to win big at Caesars Atlantic City Casino, then wander the streets of Atlantic City Boardwalk, and finally appreciate the history behind In the Line of Duty Sculpture.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Atlantic City route planning tool.

You can drive from Jersey City to Atlantic City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Atlantic City can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Princeton.

Things to do in Atlantic City

Casinos · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Princeton

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Great Adventure, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sayen House and Gardens, and then walk around Grounds For Sculpture. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, then explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, and finally deepen your understanding at Princeton University.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Princeton road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Atlantic City to Princeton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or take a train. May in Princeton sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Princeton to Custer in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Princeton to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Princeton in May; daily highs in Custer reach 59°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.