Even with the efficiency of airplanes, many travelers still prefer the open road. Road trips provide travelers with more versatility and flexibility than air travel. You can take in the scenic landscapes, make an impromptu stop at a local restaurant, and see some of the lesser-known attractions along your route.
Many road trippers love New Jersey because of its close proximity to other popular states such as New York and Philadelphia. Moreover, New Jersey is the fourth smallest state by size and has an intricate roadway system with turnpikes and highways designed to make road travel more organized.
If you’re planning a road trip through New Jersey, here are six of the top places to stop while on your trip.
Turtle Back Zoo
If you’re staying at a hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, while on your road trip, then consider visiting Turtle Back Zoo. Founded in 1962, Turtle Back Zoo provides guests with more than 20 exhibits and hundreds of animals including:
- Sea Turtles
Montclair Art Museum
From Livingston, you can take a short half-hour drive to the New Jersey township of Montclair, which is known for its culture and art community. Consider spending a few nights at a hotel in Montclair, and while you’re visiting, tour the Montclair Art Museum (MAM). For more than 100 years, MAM has engaged and educated its visitors with a variety of exhibitions and more than 12,000 pieces of artwork.
From Montclair, hop on the NJ-3 East to Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Lyndhurst is a popular spot for people visiting New York City because it’s only 12 miles from Manhattan. However, road trippers staying in Lyndhurst should also stop by Medieval Times — especially if you have children. Enjoy good food and an entertaining show featuring jousting, horse riding, and sword fighting.
In East Rutherford, a few miles from Lyndhurst, travelers can explore the Meadowlands. Sports fans will love visiting this town because it’s close to Meadowlands Sports Complex and MetLife Stadium, which is where the New York Giants and New York Jets play. There are plenty affordable lodging options for travelers who want to explore the Meadowlands while on their road trip.
George Washington Bridge
From the Meadowlands, hop on I-95 North for 10 miles, and you’ll hit the George Washington Bridge. This historic suspension bridge covers the Hudson River connecting New Jersey to Manhattan. You can walk, bike, or drive across this key corridor.
Liberty State Park
Located in Jersey City, Liberty State Park is a popular stop for tourists of New York and New Jersey. Its lush greenery is a sharp contrast to the concrete jungle of Manhattan. Moreover, the park offers incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
New Jersey is the perfect destination for a road trip. While the six stops above can help you get your itinerary going, there are plenty of other must-sees, such as Jersey Shore and Atlantic City.