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The tiny state of New Jersey is often overshadowed by neighbouring New York City. Travelling south on the New Jersey Turnpike toll road from New York, visitors will be stuck with the picture of popular imagination that has been the brunt of jokes with many an on-stage comedian. The ugly highway, traversing an industrial landscape of grey, smoking chimneys and factories, and passing bleak cities like Newark and the state capital of Trenton, does little to encourage visitors, while even the songs of Bruce Springsteen describe his birthplace in disparaging terms.

But surprisingly there is more to New Jersey than grey factories and industrial estates. One of the state's most treasured prizes is its 127 miles (204km) of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast, lined with many holiday resorts, bustling boardwalks and quaint seaside towns that draw thousands of tourists to enjoy the sun, surf and excitement of the famous Jersey Shore. The world's first boardwalk has its home in Atlantic City, famous for its 24-hour gambling entertainment and casino hotels redolent of Las Vegas, while the old-world charm of Cape May takes one back to the Victorian age with beautifully restored 19th-century buildings home to some of the finest bed and breakfast Inns anywhere. In between are miles of fun and entertainment, from water parks and zoos to Ferris wheels, roller coasters, shopping and nightlife, along with surf and sand.

Even in the grey north of the state, cities like Hoboken and Princeton offer their own attractions, as well as bustling nightlife with a busy selection of bars and clubs. Princeton is home to the famous university, as well as some interesting historical sites.

Nature lovers can enjoy wilderness hiking trails in the scenic hills of the Skylands that also offers perfect conditions for skiing in winter. Historically this region is known as the Military Capital of the Revolution and visitors can trace the movements of General George Washington and his troops during the winter of 1779 at the Morristown National Historic Park. The state's rich history also includes some of America's greatest inventors and physicists such as Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, and the Liberty State Park overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island that was one of the country's main immigration stations from 1892 to 1954.

Climate Info

The climate in New Jersey tends to be moderate, particularly along the coast in the south and southeast, with relatively mild winters and pleasant summers. August tends to be the hottest month, with temperatures reaching 80ºF (27ºC), and January is the coldest month with temperatures reaching, on average, about 30ºF (-1°C). In winter, snowfall occurs statewide, with heavier falls at the higher altitudes of the Piedmont Plateau and the northwestern mountains. The Piedmont Plateau area also receives a higher annual precipitation than the rest of the state.

Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)

LocationThe airport is situated 10 miles (16km) from Atlantic City.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 609 645 7895.

Getting to city

A regular Jitney Shuttle connects the airport to various Atlantic City destinations. Taxis are also available.

Car Rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Hertz, all located in the baggage claim area.

Airport Facilities

The airport has limited facilities. There is a restaurant, bar, grill and sandwich shop. On the lower level there is an ATM, there is also a gift shop, information desk and WiFi on the second floor.

Car Parking

A multi-level parking garage and surface parking lot are located next to the terminal. Short-term parking is charged at $1 per hour, and daily parking is $12. There is also an economy lot ($9 per day) connected to the terminal by a free shuttle service.

Depature TaxNone.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

LocationThe airport is located two miles (3km) south of Newark, 16 miles (26km) southwest of New York.
Time DifferenceGMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Tel: +1 973 961 6000.

Transfer terminals

The AirTrain provides a free connection between the three terminals, which are also within easy walking distance.

Getting to city

Newark Liberty International Airport offers travellers a wide range of Ground Transportation services. There are taxis, buses, shuttles and limousines available in front of and beside all three terminals. Ground Transportation Information counters, located on the lower baggage claim level of all three terminals provide information and reservations for buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain connects to NJ Transit or Amtrak trains, which service New Jersey and New York destinations. New Jersey Transit buses follow a number of routes to destinations in New Jersey and to Penn Station in Newark; bus 107 provides a daily service to New York City. The Olympic Airport Shuttle leaves regularly for Ocean and Monmouth counties in New Jersey. SuperShuttle Manhattan is a shared minibus service, which goes to all areas of Manhattan, Queens and Bronx, including hotels. The Newark Liberty Airport Express services New York City.

Car Rental

There are several car companies at the airport. Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are located at Station P3. Alamo, Budget, and Dollar can be found at Station P2.

Airport Facilities

All terminals have ATMs and bureaux de change, a wide selection of bars, shops and restaurants and business facilities including fax, photocopying and courier services. Data ports can be found next to most public telephones in all terminals. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally contact their airline or travel agent in advance.

Car Parking

There is Short-Term Parking next to the terminals. Daily Parking is a few minutes away on the Free AirTrain and Economy Parking is 20 minutes from the terminals via a free shuttle bus. In addition to the on-airport parking lots listed above, there are a number of privately operated parking lots located near the airport. Valet Parking is also available. Signs to the parking facilities are colour coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. Short-term parking at Newark liberty International Airport starts at $4 per half hour up to $33 per day. Long-term parking is $18 per day.

Depature TaxNone.

Atlantic City

At its height during the 1920s, Atlantic City was the holiday destination and playground for the rich and famous with thousands of city dwellers flocking to enjoy the seaside. This holiday spot is now one of America's oldest and boasts the world's first Boardwalk, running along an eight-
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Atlantic City ©Ron Miguel

Cape May

Situated at the southern-most tip of the New Jersey Cape, the holiday favourite of Cape May is the jewel of the Atlantic Shore and the nation's oldest seaside resort, known for its calm beaches, historic sites and many nearby natural attractions that contrast with the flashier Atlantic C
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Cape May ©Smallbones

Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park

Six Flags Great Adventure is the largest theme park in New Jersey, and one of the most popular on the east coast of the US. It has eleven themed areas with various rides and attractions for all ages, and thirteen roller coasters. Much of the park is themed with DC superheroes like Superm
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Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park ©Jeremy Thompson

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