New Jersey is a geographic microcosm of the nation; topographically, it contains the same distinctive features that characterize America as a whole. To the north and west is New Jersey's mountain and lakes region, providing excellent camping, hiking, and fishing. The Pine Barrens toward the south occupies 27 percent of the state's land and features beautiful streams and sandy-floored forests. And the fabled 127-mile stretch of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coastline beckons visitors throughout the year.
New Jersey is packed with year-round amusements and attractions for all tastes. Besides the excitement of the rides and games of New Jersey's famed boardwalks and piers, there are literally hundreds of attractions and amusement parks throughout the Garden State.
In the last decade, New Jersey has developed a long list of new attractions and recreational facilities. Atlantic City continues to emerge and grow as an exciting entertainment center, featuring numerous luxurious casino/hotels along its world-famous boardwalk. The Meadowlands, only a few miles from New York City, offers a unique sports/entertainment complex. The Garden State Arts Center, just minutes from the shore in Holmdel, is nationally known for concerts, ballet, and entertainment.
Throughout New Jersey, there's a touch of the past, the present, and the future blended to provide a timeless array of fun. As one of the original 13 states, New Jersey has a potpourri of sites reflecting its pivotal role in the founding and growth of the nation. Ethnic communities thrive with cultural diversity and excitement in cities throughout New Jersey, from Camden to Newark. By any measure, New Jersey offers a diversity of attractions, cultural and entertainment facilities, and historical sites to meet any taste. And all this is provided with an added bonus: the state's size and location makes everything easily accessible via New Jersey's excellent transportation network.