New Jersey is one of the northeastern US states, and is almost as popular as New York, being situated right beside it. New Jersey is a state with a long history going back to Native Americans who lived here for over 2800 years. It first became inhabited by Swedish and Dutch settlers in the 17th century, with the British naming it New Jersey.
New Jersey has been a popular center for industry and contains a culturally diverse residential area. The largest city is Newark, with Trenton being the capital. New Jersey has many hotels and is often an affordable way for travelers to see New York City, with hotels being just a fraction of the price of one right in downtown New York City.
New Jersey is a densely-populated city, so once you tire of shopping, you can head out into the countryside to see the real sights.
Here are some sightseeing ideas to include in your trip:
• Delaware Water Gap: Travelers weary of the city can head to the Water Gap, a vast hilly region with bright blue water. The Gap is bordered by neighboring Pennsylvania. Bring your camera.
• Morristown National Historic Park: This national park is located in the city of Morristown. Besides hiking and camping, you can visit the Ford Mansion, a heritage house, and Washington’s Headquarters Museum.
• Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: This is located in Morris County, and was founded in 1960 to protect more than 550 different animal species. Its inspiration was to keep an airport from being built there. This is a vast area with many different species of fish, mammals, and birds.
• Gateway National Recreation Area: This region starts in New Jersey and ends New York. There are plenty of activities here for the outdoorsman, from swimming to hiking, boating, bird watching, and camping.
• Ellis Island: This island housed the immigration facilities that allowed over twelve million people into the USA from 1892 to 1954. The building still stands and has been maintained in meticulous condition.
• Great Falls of the Passaic River: These waterfalls are nearly as impressive as Niagara Falls. Located in Grand Passaic County, they are a part of the Paterson Great Falls National Park and consist of three large cascading waterfalls. They are also the largest waterfalls in the USA and generate a vast amount of electricity for the region. Here you can find a statue of Hamilton overlooking them.
• New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. For travelers who enjoy a bit of hiking, this trail extends from the eastern and southern coastline of New Jersey for over three hundred miles. There are plenty of sights along the way, including Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook, and the Atlantic Ocean.
There are plenty of things to see and to do once you step outside the confines of the bigger cities in New Jersey. New Jersey is particularly interesting to people who enjoy the great outdoors. There are tons of opportunities for camping, fishing, and boating, and there are also several golf courses for people who enjoy a round of golf.