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One Tank Trip for New Jersey Camping
Total mileage / average drive time:
171 miles – 3 hours, 2 minutes
New Jersey was given as a gift at least twice in its history. Within its borders the lucky recipient received miles of beautiful, sandy beaches and rich farmland, which lent to the nickname, “The Garden State”. Let’s take a stroll through this incredible state so you know exactly what to ask Santa for next year!
Jersey City makes for a great beginning for this southbound one tank trip through New Jersey, via the Garden State Parkway. From Jersey City, you can take a harbor cruise across New York Harbor and get some of those previously mentioned spectacular views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. Or, take a short ferry ride to Ellis Island, which greeted more than 12 million immigrants who would one day become American citizens. Today, Ellis Island serves as a monument and museum to those brave individuals who sought a fresh start in the Land of Opportunity. While seeing the Statue of Liberty from afar is truly amazing, seeing New Jersey and New York from the top of the statue is equally impressive. It’s a view you’ll never forget. While you’re in the neighborhood, how about a day trip over to Manhattan and get in some shopping, or maybe pick up tickets for a Broadway show?
122 miles – 2 hours, 4 minutes
To continue our one tank trip leave Jersey City, take the New Jersey Turnpike west for 15 miles to the southbound Garden State Parkway, which you’ll take for 25 miles to the Atlantic City Expressway. Take the Expressway east for 8 miles until you pull into “Vegas East”, otherwise known as Atlantic City. In addition to providing more casinos than the wallet can handle, you’ve got your pick of a wide range of world-class, A-list entertainment that suits any taste, from Wayne Newton to Mötley Crüe. The famous Boardwalk is a definite don’t-miss destination, with its classic arcades, delicious foods, and shopping galore. Take a walk on the Garden Pier, or rent a bike and go bicycling along the Boardwalk. The beaches all along the Jersey Coast are some of the most beautiful in the nation, so why not set up camp and enjoy some fun-in-the-sun for the day, then take in a show at night?
29.1 miles – 30 minutes
When you’ve had enough of flashy neon signs for a while, head west on the Atlantic City Expressway, then take the Garden State Parkway south for 20 miles to the town of Ocean View. This is a good spot to pull over and set up camp, and spend a bit more time at the beach. Take a sightseeing cruise across the clear, blue ocean, or try a little deep sea fishing or crabbing. Bring a camera along if you go out on the water, as whales and dolphins are frequently spotted in these waters.
20.2 miles – 28 minutes
Continuing south on the Garden State Parkway, it’s another 20 miles before you come to your final New Jersey RV camping destination on this route, Cape May. This town is widely renowned for its Victorian architecture, and one of the best – and most enjoyable – ways to see as much of it as possible is by taking an old-fashioned trolley tour of the Historic Old Town District. The lighthouse at Cape May is also well worth a visit, and the view from its pinnacle has been described as spectacular. Originally built in the late 1800s, and recently restored to its original condition, this historic lighthouse beckons you to climb its 200 steps to the top, where you can see the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean stretching for miles and miles into the distance. Afterward, head over to any of the local wineries and relax with a wine tasting, featuring several samples of excellent local vintages.
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