The New Jersey "Garden State" has the third-largest state park system in the country and is almost entirely bordered by water—the Atlantic Ocean (and the famous Jersey Shore) to the east, the Delaware River to the west, and the Delaware Bay to the south. Along the Hudson River run the famous Palisades, with its heart-stopping views of the Manhattan skyline. The Pinelands, a national Biosphere Reserve, is in the middle of the state: it's a sandy-soiled area with unique flora and fauna. Several mountain chains also run through New Jersey, including the Appalachians in the northeast and the Kittatinny Mountains along the northwest corner (from the New York border to the Delaware Water Gap).
- Victorian Cape May Sea breezes in the state's southernmost town come with a hint of historic charm. Only San Francisco has more Victorian-era homes.
- Birthplace of the Boardwalk Skee-ball, doo-wop, and fist-pumping reality TV stars have defined boardwalks at different times. Before all of that, there was Atlantic City, home to the first, the longest, and, arguably, still the best.
- Great Migrations Sunbathers aren't the only ones who come in flocks. Cape May's marshlands attract countless birds in the spring and fall, making it one of the country's great birding destinations.
- Entertainment by the Sea Las Vegas is too far away. Indian casinos don't have the ocean backdrop. For luxurious new resorts, big-ticket performances, and gaming along the east coast, there's only Atlantic City.
- Endless sand Nearly 130 miles of white sand beaches. So why again do they call it the "Garden State"?