New Jersey: Garden State
New Jersey is a state of the United States. The nickname is the “Garden State” The capital is Trenton. With a population of 8.9 million on an area of 22,000 km2, it is the most densely populated state in the United States. The almost 9 million inhabitants of New Jersey enjoy the best of both worlds: they live opposite the metropolis of New York, but also a short distance from wonderful beaches. Many fruits and vegetables eaten in New York are grown in New Jersey, hence the nickname “Garden State”.
According to growtheology, New Jersey was created from the Swedish colony of New Sweden, at the mouth of the Delaware River in southwestern New Jersey. The population of this was small and consisted mainly of Finns in addition to Swedes. After having been in Swedish possession for about 17 years, the area was conquered in 1655 by the Dutch from the colony of New Netherland located further to the north. New Jersey started on March 12, 1664 as a private colony of the British Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley. New Jersey was one of thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule. During the American Civil War, the state sided with the North.
In 1876, inventor Thomas Edison established his laboratory in Menlo Park. He would make many inventions here such as the light bulb, the film camera and the phonograph. In 1893 he started a film studio.
At the end of the 19th century, Atlantic City became a popular destination for tourists and day trippers because of its casinos. The famous promenade was built where people could stroll.
From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island, part of New York Harbor but located in New Jersey, was the main entry point for European immigrants into the country. Many settled in New Jersey resulting in a diverse population.
New Jersey is on the Atlantic Ocean. It borders New York State to the north and Pennsylvania and Delaware to the west. The entire western border is formed by the Delaware River. The main city is Newark, which is actually an entity with the city of New York. Other places in New Jersey are capital Trenton and gambling city Atlantic City.
Atlantic City used to be often referred to as the Las Vegas of the East. Many casinos have gone bankrupt in recent years, making them unable to compete with the casinos and hotels in Las Vegas. Fortunately, Atlantic City has more to offer, you walk here on America’s oldest boulevard. The Atlantic City boardwalk was built in 1890.
After Atlantic City it is nice to visit Princeton. Here is one of the best universities in the world, Princeton University of the same name. The admission requirements here are strict, but everyone is allowed to take a look at the university campus.
The southernmost town in New Jersey is Cape May, in this old seaside town you will find old Victorian houses and you look out over the beautiful sea. You can even spot whales here.
HOLIDAY INN HASBROUCK HEIGHTS
The Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands is located just minutes from a variety of sporting venues, including New Meadowlands Stadium, which hosted the 2014 Superbowl. A free shuttle service to area attractions is provided.
The Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands offers a 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal outdoor pool. The on-site restaurant, Gabriel’s Grille & Bar, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Meadowlands Retail & Entertainment Center entertainment complex and Paramus Shopping Center are easily accessible via the free shuttle service (within a 3 mile radius of the hotel). The Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands is also within driving distance of New York City.
HARRAH’S ATLANTIC CITY
Featuring over 175,000 square feet of casino space, this high-rise Atlantic City hotel is a 7-minute drive from the Boardwalk.
Guests at the Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City can dine at one of 11 restaurants, including a food court and fine dining options such as Martorano’s, Oshi Modern Asian Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse.
Rooms at Harrah’s Resort have large windows. A wake-up service and room service are available to guests on weekends.
The hotel features an indoor tropical pool with cabanas, which transforms into Xhibition nightclub at night. It also has a seasonal family pool on the 4th floor of the Harbor Tower.
At Atlantic City’s Harrah’s, shopping options include Waterfront Shops, which offer jewelry, clothing, and cookware. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Atlantic City Country Club and a 17-minute drive from Seaview Golf Club in Galloway.
JETTY MOTEL CAPE MAY
Located across from the beach, this Cape May motel is a 5-minute walk from Lake View Park. The motel offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.
All rooms at The Jetty Motel are air-conditioned.
Laundry facilities and free on-site parking are available at the jetty.
Cape May Point and Lighthouse are 3 miles from Jetty Motel. Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery is a 15-minute drive away.