#66 best destination in the world

Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May

Best time to travel: May-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Victorian house museum in Cape May, the 18-room mansion, was built in 1879 for Dr. Emlen Physick Jr. (1855-1916), descendant of a well-known Philadelphia family, his widowed mother, Mrs. Ralston, and maiden Aunt Emilie
  • The Physick Mansion is an example of “Stick style” architecture

Cape May City Beaches

Best time to travel: May-Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • One of the country’s oldest vacation resort destinations, the entire city of Cape May is designated a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings
  • Cape May is known as one of the best beaches on the Middle Atlantic coast

Princeton University Art Museum

Best time to travel: May-Oct
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Princeton University gallery of art, located in Princeton, was founded in 1882, and it now houses over 92,000 works of art ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period
  • Its collections concentrate on the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America
  • The museum has a large collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, including ceramics, marbles, bronzes, and Roman mosaics from Princeton University’s excavations in Antioch

Newark Museum of Art

Best time to travel: April-July
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • The state’s largest museum, Newark Museum of Art holds major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world
  • The Museum’s Tibetan art galleries are considered among the best in the world
  • The collection was purchased from Christian missionaries in the early twentieth century
  • The Tibetan galleries have an in-situ Buddhist altar that the Dalai Lama has consecrated
  • In addition to its extensive art collections, the Newark Museum of Art includes selections from the museum’s 70,000 specimen Natural Science Collection

Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton

Best time to travel: May, Sept
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Sculpture park and museum located in Hamilton, founded in 1992
  • The venue is dedicated to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture by organizing exhibitions
  • GFS maintains an ever changing collection of sculptures, with works by Seward Johnson and other artists

Mountain Creek, Vernon Township

Best time to travel: Jan-Feb, Dec
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Ski resort in Vernon Township, Mountain Creek contains 167 acres of skiing area, night skiing, snowboarding, and snowmaking activities
  • The resort also includes a snow tubing park, zip-lines, an alpine coaster, and a seasonal water park that operates from May to September

Liberty State Park, Jersey City

Best time to travel: May-June, Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Easy
Ease of travel: Easy
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Park located in Jersey City, opposite both Liberty Island and Ellis Island
  • Before opening, the park was the site of abandoned rail facilities built on landfilled tidal flats
  • Influential environmentalists and historians spearheaded the movement that led to the the creation of the park
  • The park opened in 1976 to coincide with bicentennial celebrations