There’s so much more to tour in the Garden State
With a mid-Atlantic location conveniently situated between New York City and Philadelphia, New Jersey is packed with enthralling attractions and destinations. From the natural adventureland that is Delaware Water Gap at the top to Cape May (the nation’s oldest seaside resort) at the southern tip, New Jersey is widely recognized for some of the best recreational, historical, and cultural activities along the East Coast.
Immerse your group in Princeton’s Ivy League charm, or stroll the world’s first boardwalk (now lined with glittering casinos!) in Atlantic City. Venture back in time to the oldest operating lighthouse or Thomas Edison’s historic laboratory. Then add in 130 miles of sandy shoreline, amusement parks, wineries, landmarks, and even more coveted attractions, and you’ll discover why New Jersey is the ideal touring destination!
Whether your group is full of history buffs or foodies or lovers of nature or culture or just about anything else, you’ll find New Jersey sites that are sure to wow—all mapped out in a handy day-by-day format within a curated collection of itineraries. Each and every day was thoughtfully planned to be doable, delightful, and easily drivable—taking you beyond the typical tourist sites. Featured itineraries include expert recommendations for where to stay, eat, and shop, plus insider tips on even more to see and do. Follow your group’s collective curiosity and choose the itinerary that’s right for them.
American Revolution Nestled between our then-fledgling nation’s capital of Philadelphia and British-occupied New York, New Jersey soil was the battleground for nearly 300 major military engagements as well as hundreds more skirmishes. Most significant, the “Ten Crucial Days” following General George Washington’s famous Delaware River crossing, which turned the tide for the Continental Army, occurred within the state’s borders. It’s no wonder New Jersey has been proclaimed the Crossroads of the American Revolution. Your group can experience the historic sites, memorials, and monuments in charming towns, cozy villages, and vibrant cities throughout the state that commemorate our nation’s legendary journey to victory.
Black Heritage The Black community in New Jersey has long been shaping the state’s history and culture, with roots that trace back to the mid-1600s, when colonial settlers brought the first captive Africans to the Mid-Atlantic region, followed by centuries of persistence for freedom, justice, and equality. Famous figures and everyday New Jerseyans, both past and present, boast accomplishments that are woven into the fabric of the state, country, and world. Cherish and learn from their remarkable lives as you visit destinations across New Jersey and explore some of the noteworthy museums and sites honoring the state’s unique Black heritage.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Get ready to sip and savor the spirited flavors from more than 200 breweries, distilleries, and wineries located throughout New Jersey. The state’s craft beer scene is foaming over in more than 100 breweries—and more opening their doors soon. The state’s diverse geography and climate produce more than 40 varieties of wine at over 50 New Jersey wineries, many of which are award-winning. Spirits produced in the Garden State include bourbon, whiskey, rum, and gin—even rice vodka and Greek-inspired raki at the growing number of distilleries. No matter what their drink of choice, there’s a tour (and taste!) for your group.
Scenic Byways Exit the highway and cruise the New Jersey Scenic Byways, eight iconic routes specially designated for their scenic, natural, recreational, cultural, historical, and archaeological qualities. They showcase roads less traveled and local communities distanced from the hustle and bustle, revealing diverse landscapes and telling stories unique to their regions. Your group will discover exhilarating adventure and fascinating points of interest in every direction while experiencing the Garden State’s authentic heart and soul.
Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Discover the New Jersey culinary roots of the late Anthony Bourdain—celebrity chef, best-selling author, and globe-trotting food and travel documentarian—on this designated food trail. The Anthony Bourdain Food Trail pays tribute to Bourdain's early days in Leonia, New Jersey, and his summers spent at the Jersey Shore. The trail spotlights 10 New Jersey restaurants featured on CNN's Emmy Award-winning show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
New Jersey also offers a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from budget to luxury, with competitive rates in comparison to NYC and Philadelphia. For assistance in planning your tour, including expert guidance on building an itinerary customized to your group’s interests, call 609.292.4239 or go to visitnj.org/travel-agent-and-tour-groups-resources.
Top photo: New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism