New Jersey? Smokestack cities, oil refineries, tract housing, crowded roads, right?
Well, yes, there is certainly no denying we have all of those. But many who see only that side of the state will be surprised to learn that New Jersey has much more. To the northwest are the Highlands, a land of sparkling lakes, small towns and dairy farms. Three major battles of the American Revolution were fought in the central part of the state. Southeastern New Jersey? Two words every Jerseyan knows. The Shore. Southwestern New Jersey, the state's tidewater region, is its most unspoiled area. And in the middle of South Jersey is the Pinelands, a near wilderness in the most densely-populated state in the Union.
HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
I have divided this guide into seven geographic regions to help narrow the user's search for places to visit, using the links below. All the attractions in a specific region, along with directions and a website link, may be found through the links on the Attractions by Region page.
The Attractions by Interest page groups the attractions by area of common interest within each region. This is more detailed than the broad categories found on the region pages. The Attractions by Town page groups attractions by the town in which each is located. Both pages have links to directions found on the appropriate Region page. When reading the directions, make sure to select the direction in which you will be traveling. If only one direction is listed, the attraction is near the end of the highway and those traveling in the opposite direction should use alternate roads.
The Photos section includes pictures of old road signs and town welcoming signs, as well as photos of lighthouses I visited during the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge in 2006 and 2012.
Please feel free to email me with comments or questions.