10 days in New Jersey & New York City Itinerary

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Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Princeton
— 1 night
Asbury Park
— 2 nights
New York City
— 6 nights


Princeton — 1 night

College Town

Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): hike along Lawrence Hopewell Trail and then admire the majestic nature at Tyler State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Columbia Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.

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Berlin, Germany to Princeton is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 6 hours. December in Princeton sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Asbury Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Asbury Park — 2 nights

Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Bay Head Beach, then grab your bike and head to Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, and then cast your line with Queen Mary Party Fishing Boat & Charters. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary, then trek along Henry Hudson Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Henry Hudson Trail.

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You can drive from Princeton to Asbury Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Asbury Park can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to New York City.
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New York City — 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like Central Park and Kelly Drive make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Trailside Nature & Science Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Radnor Trail (in Wayne) and Eagle Rock Reservation (in West Orange). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, walk around The High Line, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Asbury Park to New York City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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New Jersey travel guide

Casinos · Beaches · Shopping Malls
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.