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Introduction

New Jersey is a state in the northeast of the USA and is one of the smallest in the country. It's not a very popular state for travellers, though it has a major airport (Newark Liberty) and the eastern version of Las Vegas: Atlantic City. Other than that, you are most likely to pass through from New York City to Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.

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Geography

At about 22,600 square kilometres, New Jersey is the 4th smallest state of the USA, but is the 11th most populous and the most densely populated. It is bordered on the north and east by the US state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware. New Jersey lies mostly within the sprawling metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia.

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Cities

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Sights and Activities

  • Meadowlands Racetrack
  • Giants Stadium (home of the New York Giants/Jets)
  • Izod Center (home of the New Jersey Nets)

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Events and Festivals

  • The Meadowlands Fair - held annually at the Meadowlands.

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Weather

New Jersey has a temperate climate, having both hot, humid summers and cold winters. Average temperatures in the winter season are mostly between 0 and 5 °C in winter during the day (and nights below freezing) and in the summer temperatures during the day are mostly around the 25 °C or a little higher on average but can reach 40 °C sometimes. Nights are still mild to balmy. Snow is common in winter but some winters hardly see any snow at all (or it melts away quickly) while other more severe winters see snow hights up to a metre or even more. Most rain falls during heavy downpours in the summer season, though there isn't a specific drier season. Average annual precipitation ranges from 1,100 to 1,300 mm, uniformly spread through the year. Average snowfall per winter season ranges from 25-38 centimetres in the south and near the seacoast, 38-76 centimetres in the northeast and central part of the state, to about 1.0-1.3 metres in the northwestern highlands, but this varies from year to year. During winter and early spring, New Jersey can experience "nor'easters", which are capable of causing blizzards or flooding throughout the northeastern United States. Hurricanes and tropical storms and tornadoes are rare.

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Getting There

By Plane

There are three major airports serving New Jersey & the New York City Area. All three are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

By Train

Many Amtrak trains travel to and from New Jersey:

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

New Jersey has a number of National Scenic Byways which offer a great way to explore the state crossing beautiful landscapes. Mostly, there are lots of national parks, state parks or monuments along the way and it's generally a better alternative than the faster but boring Interstate Highways.

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Eat

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Drink

Hoboken

One of the most popular cities to get a drink in New Jersey is Hoboken. Located in the northeastern part of New Jersey, right across the Hudson river from New York city, Hoboken offers a metropolitan bar scene. With many establishments located right on the main street of Washington Street, there are a great number of choices all within walking distance of each other. Black Bear Bar & Grill is one of the options.

New Brunswick

Located in Central New Jersey, New Brunswick offers a variety of choices for all types of people. Home to Rutgers University, New Brunswick is always lively into the late hours of the night. For the younger, rowdier crowd, many bar options can be found on the popular half-mile stretch of Easton Avenue in New Brunswick. For the more sophisticated crowd, downtown New Brunswick on George Street/Albany Street offers swankier options.

Easton Avenue Bars:

  • Knight Club.
  • Scarlet Pub.
  • Old Queens Pub.
  • The Golden Rail.
  • Stuff Yer Face.
  • Corner Tavern.

Downtown Bars:

  • Clyde's Martini Bar.
  • Tumulty's Pub.
  • Old Man Rafferty's.
  • Old Bay.
  • Harvest Moon.
  • Nova Terrra.

Cape May

  • Southern Mansion's, Willow Creek Winery is a favorite amoung Cape May Wineries, featuring a 9,500 square-foot villa for wine tasting.
  • The Montreal Liquor Store. Beach at Madison Avenue Cape May, NJ 08204. 1-800-525-7011. Conveniently located at a Cape May hotel, it features Cape May’s best selection of domestic, import and craft beers, as well as a wide array of your favorite liquors and spirits.

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Sleep

There are many great hotels to stay at in the Meadowlands Liberty region. This area is located minutes from New York City which makes it easy to travel into the city through NJ Transit. It is also 25 kilometres from the Newark Liberty International Airport. The hotels are for both leisure and business travel with many fine places to dine. The convenient location and affordable prices makes the Meadowlands the best place to stay.

Hotel and Motel Chains

There are dozens of hotel and motel chains, ranging from budget to top end. Allthough they are not the most charming accommodations, they usually have a very decent midrange service with good rooms and are generally good value. At least you know what to expect and in some cases they are either the only or the best option in the area. Some of them include:

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