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The conception is that most people think of New Jersey as a city and not a state (with 566 great cities and towns). New Jersey Is home to between 8 million to 9 million people. The state is a peninsula sharing only a land border with New York , while bordering Pennsylvania and Delaware by marine boundaries.
The there is plenty to do at all ends of the state from the Palisades in Alpine to the Aquarium in Camden. There are more 24 hour diners and shopping malls than you can count , the largest being Garden State Plaza in Paramus , which has more retail space per square mile than any other city in the world. It is also where Routes 4 and 17 meet.
There is also outlet shopping. The Secaucus outlets as well as Jersey Gardens and Jackson outlets in Jackson (also where 6 Flags Amusement Park is located).
Newark is an actual city and not just the name of an airport, with a vibrant section called the Ironbound, witch is known for its Spanish and Portuguese restaurants shops and nightlife. Newark also has the largest groves of Cherry Trees in the US in Branchbrook Park.
Jersey City has come along way from its industrial roots. The city now has a ton of riverfront high rises and is home to Goldman Sachs as well as other financial entities. There are also traditional neighborhoods such as the Heights, and Greenville.Liberty State Park (where you get the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island) and Liberty Science Center are also in Jersey City.
Tonnelle Ave runs through the city (better known as US1&9). The Pulaski Skyway spans U.S 1&9 between Jersey City and Newark with truck Route 1&9 not far behind.
Hoboken is also worth a visit. The city known for its nightlife is the birth place of so many cultural icons, from Sinatra to baseball to soft serve ice cream; the zipper, the steam ferry and the Oreo were all invented in Hoboken.
The Meadowlands is a giant swamp region that was know for being a dumping ground for any thing up until the late 60's. Currently it is considered an ecosystem with many unique birds, and other species living there. It is also considered a dumping ground for the mafia, and one of the final resting places for Jimmy Hoffa. They do have boat tours.
Giants Stadium is built on an old landfill is the primary piece in the Meadowlands Sports Complex, along with the Izod Center and the Racetrack.
The two major highways in the state are the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State parkway. The Turnpike runs north and south, from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the George Washington Bridge. The New Jersey Turnpike and I 95 are the same highway until exit 6, going south, then the road is just the Turnpike. There is also the Newark Bay extension (I-78) witch connects the Turnpike to Bayonne and Jersey City as well as Liberty State Park.
The Garden State Parkway also runs north and south and between Montvale and Wildwood. This connects Northern New Jersey to the Shore and Atlantic City , home to New Jersey's gambling industry.
Major east/west interstate highways are Route 80, Route 78 and the Atlantic City Expressway connecting Philadelphia to Atlantic City.
The southwest part of the state is similar to the northeast part; both are known for their suburban charm, with towns like Cherry Hill and Pennsauken (there are no White Castles in Cherry Hill! ). The main city in that area is Camden .
Camden was home to Walt Whitman and currently home to Campbell ’s Soup. Camden also has Marina and Waterfront walk, as well as the Aquarium and a minor League Baseball park.
The Jersey shore is great place to relax. Known for its boardwalks and some nightlife, the shore offers more than just a beach. Wildwood's boardwalk has a ton of rides on it.
New Brunswick is home to Johnson&Johnson and Rutgers University , as well as the George Street Playhouse, and is the sight of the first intercollegiate football game between Princeton and Rutgers. Princeton is nice little town known for its university.
Getting around the state without a car can be simple or complicated depending on where you’re going. Make sure you pay attention to the "NO TURNS" signs posted on many of New Jersey's roadways. New Jeresy has an unique system where you must turn right in order to turn left.. If it says "no turns" anticipate having to move into one of the "jug handles" in order to reverse direction. Also, state law requires that if you are using your windshield wipers, you must have your headlights on.
New Jersey Transit is the largest and possibly the only statewide public transit system in the US. The rail and bus fares are based on distance. Among the easy destinations to reach by train are Newark , New Brunswick , Belmar, and Ridgewood . NJT also runs trains to New York state in Orange and Rockland counties (ex. if you wanted to take the train to Woodbury Commons in New York, you'd take NJT's Port Jervis line).
There are NJT buses throughout the state as well as three light rail lines: the Hudson Bergen Light Rail (North Bergen to Bayonne); Newark light rail and City subway (Penn Station to either Broad St. or Bloomfield and the river line from Trenton to Camden).