7 days in New Jersey Itinerary

7 days in New Jersey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Jersey travel planner

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Princeton
— 2 nights
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Jersey City
— 2 nights
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Cape May
— 2 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Princeton side-trips: Duke Farms (in Hillsborough), Columbia Trail (in High Bridge) and Jackson (Six Flags Great Adventure & Howling Woods Farm). There's much more to do: gain insight at Princeton University, steep yourself in history at Princeton University Chapel, hike along Lawrence Hopewell Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Princeton attractions planner.

Philadelphia to Princeton is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or ride a tram. November in Princeton sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jersey City.

Things to do in Princeton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jersey City

— 2 nights
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey - Waterfront 9/11 Memorial - #8, then identify plant and animal life at Eagle Rock Reservation, then have fun at Gun For Hire Shooting Range, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, then see the interesting displays at Silverball Pinball Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jersey City using our trip planner.

Drive from Princeton to Jersey City in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Jersey City are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Jersey City

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape May

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Valentino's. On your second day here, experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas, browse the exhibits of Cape May Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, and finally steep yourself in history at Emlen Physick Estate.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cape May trip planning website.

Getting from Jersey City to Cape May by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. December in Cape May sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.