New Jersey General Information
New Jersey, one of the Mid-Atlantic States, is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to
the east and the Delaware River to the west. Small in size, the State
nonetheless features hundreds of miles of rolling countryside and natural
parkland set amidst mountains, lakes and forests.
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
||In increasing numbers, tourists from around the
world are discovering that New Jersey is more than just a gateway to the
United States - it is America in miniature, with an abundance of tourist
attractions to suit every taste.
These include beautiful beaches, exciting nightlife and many award-winning
cultural attractions. While sections of the State such as Atlantic City and
the Jersey Shore are world-renowned, there is also a wealth of lesser-known
historic landmarks, national parks and cultural events on offer.
One of the Mid-Atlantic States, the New Jersey is often overshadowed by
neighboring New York City. Traveling 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.
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.
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.
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