New Jersey  is on the east coast of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and by the states of Delaware to the south west, Pennsylvania to the west, and New York to the north and north east. Parts of the state are suburbs of New York City, just across the Hudson River to the the north east, and Philadelphia, just across the Delaware River on the south west.
Although the most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey is well known for its beautiful beaches and other natural attractions, including the migratory birds of Cape May, the Pine Barrens, blueberry farms and cranberry bogs, the Delaware Water Gap, a 72-mile leg of the Appalachian Trail and its interurban analogue, the East Coast Greenway , and the Palisades.
- Trenton - The state capital and home of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). The New Jersey Capital Building is the second oldest capitol building in America.
- Atlantic City - A ocean resort town from the 1800s, the city was reborn as a gambling town in the 1970s. The boardwalk is popular on summer weekends.
- Camden - On the Delaware River, east of Philadelphia. Site of the USS New Jersey, Adventure Aquarium, and Campbell's Field.
- Hoboken - Old city on the Hudson with awesome view of lower Manhattan. Plenty of bars, restaurants, and music. Birthplace of Frank Sinatra. The site of the world's first baseball game.
- Jersey City - New Jersey's second largest city, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan. Home to Liberty State Park, where ferries leave for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
- Newark New Jersey's largest city - City near New York that is home to Newark Liberty International Airport, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Symphony Hall, and Newark Arena, the Newark Museum- the state's largest, and the New Jersey Devils hockey team.
- New Brunswick - Home of the original and largest campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, two hospitals and the headquarters of Johnson & Johnson.
- Paterson - Third largest city in the state. Home to the Great Falls of the Passaic (a state park), Lambert Castle, and Garret Mountain (also in West Paterson).
- Princeton - Home of Princeton University, as well as many research and technology organizations.
Here are a few areas worth exploring:
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- The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - Camping, hiking and rafting on the Delaware River.
- The Jersey Shore- Beaches, birds, and boardwalks.
- Lake Hopatcong - New Jersey's largest lake provides boating and swimming for families and singles.
- Mountain Creek - Ski resort and water park in Sussex County, 1 hour from New York City.
- The Pine Barrens - A natural forest that covers about a third of the state.
- Raritan Bayshore- An area along the Raritan Bay between the Amboys and Sandy Hook. Though the area is more developed than the Delaware Bayshore, its brackish water beaches remain less crowded than the Atlantic Beaches. The Bayshore has the highest elevation on the east coast from the Yucatan Peninsula to Maine.
- Sandy Hook. At the northern end of New Jersey's coast, Sandy Hook is home to one of the Northeast's only officially clothing-optional beaches.
- Six Flags Great Adventure - Safari and amusement park in Jackson Township (New Jersey)
- Appalachian National Scenic Trail
- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
- Gateway National Recreation Area
- New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
- Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
- Morristown National Historical Park 
New Jersey is densely populated state with a diverse population, rich culture, and many assets, including abundant natural resources and Fortune 500 companies.
New Jersey's big cities are centers of government and business, inhabited mostly by poor people. Most New Jerseyans prefer to live in their suburbs and in nearby small towns. Rich folks cluster in certain old established towns and rural enclaves like Alpine, Harding Township, and Rumson. More than a third of the state, including the Pine Barrens, is rural and sparsely populated, with little or no public transportation. Ironically, New Jersey is the country's most densely populated state overall.
There is a strong New York City influence in the north, and Philadelphia influence in the south. All major radio stations and local TV stations that serve New Jersey are located in those cities. New Jersey also serves as a bedroom community for many people who work in New York City and Philadelphia.
If driving in New Jersey, keep in mind that state law does not allow self-service at gas stations. New Jersey has some of the cheapest gasoline in the country due to its low gas tax, but a gas station attendant must pump the gas. All you do is pull up to a pump and tell the attendant "(Dollar amount), (grade), (cash/credit), please". But, be careful, remember to speak clearly, and make sure that the attendant repeats back to you what you want, especially if you don't want to fill it up. There is a good chance the attendant won't speak any more English than he or she needs to, and, though rare, misunderstandings can happen. It may help to show clear in cash what you want or, for example, say "one-five" if you mean fifteen. Once the tank is full, the police can get involved if you don't pay for what you got.
People flock to New Jersey from all over, especially from New York City and Philadelphia, making it difficult to isolate the New Jersey accent. The true New Jersey accent is evident in native speakers like politician-turned-broadcaster Steve Adubato, United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and Louis Freeh, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Philadelphia influence on South Jersey accent
Other New Jersey talk
New Jerzey (or sometimes, Juhzzey): The way many Jerseyans pronounce the phrase New Jersey
- If you joke about a "New Joisey" accent, or the popular HBO series called The Sopranos, you will mark yourself as a fool who gets all of his information from television. Nobody in New Jersey says "joisey." Criminality is no more prevalent in here than in London, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Moscow, or anywhere else.
- Many native New Yorkers live in the poor cities and affluent suburbs of north eastern New Jersey, and many native Philadelphians live in the poor cities and affluent suburbs of south western New Jersey. But the rest of the state is largely rural or suburban.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)  probably provides the most convenient international access to both New York City and New Jersey. Philadelphia (PHL)  is also another option. Atlantic City Airport (ACY)  provides some minor domestic service, mostly carrier service, but travellers should be aware that it is a good distance away from most destinations.
Amtrak  operates a line (the Northeast Corridor) through NJ. It goes through NJ from Philadelphia to NY Penn Station to points beyond (Boston in the north, and Washington, DC and Newport News, VA in the south).
SEPTA has service into Trenton from Philadelphia, and New Jersey Transit has rail service from New York City. One can also take the PATH train from NYC into New Jersey or PATCO from Philadelphia into New Jersey.
The New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95)  runs through the state, connecting the north of the state with the south. Interstates 80 and 78 provide good access from the west. The Garden State Parkway is in many ways the backbone of the state, connecting many major cities.
When it is time to fill your gas tank be ready for full service and no tip, or extra fees required. In the state of New Jersey it is illegal to pump your own gas. This makes it one of the only two states (Oregon being the other with looser restrictions) in America where self serve is non-existent, and don't worry, the prices are often significantly cheaper then gas in all surrounding states.
Greyhound  provides service as well as several intra-state services. These include Academy, Martz Trailways and New Jersey Transit, connecting New Jersey to New York City and Philadelphia.
The PATH train system  runs from Manhattan to Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark.
NJ Transit  is a commuter network of trains, light rail and buses connecting communities throughout the entire state. It can be used for travel to Newark Liberty International Airport as well as Pennsylvania Station in New York City. Its website provides a user friendly method of planning your itinerary.
SEPTA  Regional Rail Lines connect Trenton and West Trenton with Philadelphia.
PATCO Operates a high speed train that connects several key points in downtown Philadelphia to many immediate southern New Jersey suburban towns.
There are also numerous taxi and limousine services that one can call for a pick-up, and a variety of county bus services that can take people to lesser-known spots in the state (usually suburbs, parking lots, train stations, strip malls, apartment buildings, and/or small towns, depending on the county and the route).
Private bus companies, such as Suburban Transit, Martz Trailways and DeCamp, also work New Jersey and have routes in the state.
New Jersey has many scenic sites, including the majestic Palisades (where Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton), opposite New York City on the western banks of the Hudson River. The cliffs rise about 300 to 500 feet in areas and give a breathtaking view of New York City across the river. There are also many mountains located in the western portion of the states that are full of many trails.
No matter what you are interested in, you will probably find it in New Jersey. Fine beaches where you can surf, swim, sunbathe, or play volleyball in the summer, and run, stroll, walk your dog, or fly kites off season. Some skiiing in the Skylands region, hot air balooning in Clinton, and canoeing in the Pine Barrens. Hiking trails and campsites, especially in Southern and Northwestern New Jersey. Plenty of nature preserves for birdwatchers and photographers. Many bed and breakfasts. Spectator sports, including two professional football teams, horseracing Monmouth Park and at Meadowlands Racetrack in the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and at last count) 8 baseball teams, along with Sky Blue Soccer, a new women's professional soccer team. Many museums, concert halls, and historic sites, including George Washinton's winter headquarters in Morristown. Several college towns, including New Brunswick (Rutgers) and Princeton. Places of worship for every religon, may offering services in various languages. Virtually any kind of food you can imagine. Nightlife ranging from casinos in Atlantic City, to Albert Hall in Waretown, to clubs in Belmar, to jazz in Madison. Also some amusement parks, and countless places to shop, including main street stores and boutiques, craft shows, antique shops, estate sales, yard sales, flea markets, farm stands, and farmers' markets, as well as several very large shopping malls.
New Jersey is famous for its Jersey tomatoes, sweet corn, blueberries, and cranberries, which every visitor will want to experience in season. That is easy to do, because the state has approximately 25,000 eateries, more per square mile than any other state in the US.
They serve everything from fast food to haute cuisine, including Italian, French, and Asian. There are also plenty of take-out shops and diners, which do not require reservations, seat patrons promptly, and offer large menus of inexpensive meals, which they serve quickly. Many are open 24 hours and breakfast is served all day.
Snack foods are also extremely popular, especially pizza, fries, and bagels. Other favorites include submarine sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, and Italian ice, which are known as hoagies and water ice in South Jersey. There many also enjoy soft pretzels and Philadelphia-style cheesesteaks and breakfast sandwiches of Scrapple, a loaf formed from cornmeal, pork scraps and spices, cut into 1/4 thick slices and fried crisp in butter or oil.
Beer and liquor can be purchased in freestanding liquor stores. There are a small amount of Supermarkets that are licensed to sell beer and liquor, however they are the exception, not the rule. Some stores are only licensed to sell warm (non-refrigerated) beer and malts (i.e. Mike's Hard Lemonade), while others may sell liquor, cold beer and wines. Underage drinking is illegal and many disapprove of it, but it is common. Anyone who provides alcohol to a person under age 21 may be prosecuted. Drunken driving is illegal and there is no sympathy for those who do it. Anyone caught driving while intoxicated will be prosecuted, may wind up in jail. Drunk driving checkpoints are EXTREMELY common on the shore. Be advised that smoking is illegal in all bars and restaurants (save designated "cigar bars").
New Jersey is a fairly safe place to visit. Suburban and countryside areas are very safe. Cities are mostly safe but do exercise common travel sense. Some cities, notably Camden, Newark and parts of Trenton, are crime prone but it is unlikely that you will visit these areas. As in most US cities, when out at night, stay in well lit and well trafficked areas and you will be fine.
New Jersey has the highest density of car ownership in the United States so expect crowded highways and the occasional irate driver. Traffic tends to move well above the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike or other highways and you can expect to be tail-gated or yelled when driving in the left lane. Best to stick in the middle or right lane if you don't like that sort of thing.
One of the benefits of visiting New Jersey is that you're very close to two major cities, New York City and Philadelphia across from Hudson and Delaware rivers respectively. North is upstate New York, rural and beautiful, a vast contrast to New York City.
Both "Interstate 80 and 78" will take you through Northeastern Pennsylvania to the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley respectively, where there are many things to do year round. 78 will only go as far as Harrisburg in Central "PA" but "Route 80" will actually take you past major destinations in the American Midwest and Rocky Mountains regions, and finally all the way to the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco in California.
Believe it or not, it is possible to hitchhike out of the New York Metro area. If you are trying to go long distances, your best bet is to take NJ Transit or Metro North far enough to put you well into the suburbs, preferably to a stop that puts you near (i.e. within walking distance of) a major highway such as an Interstate. From there, get to an on-ramp and put out your thumb. Be advised, however, that New Jersey state laws on hitchhiking are notoriously ambiguous, and you may be hassled by local police, so use common sense and discretion.
If you're trying to go west into Pennsylvania, a good tip is to take NJ transit to Mt. Olive, which is only a 5 minute walk from I-80, which generally carries a good amount of long-distance traffic going west.
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