|North Wildwood||C$ 276|
|North Bergen||C$ 200|
|New Brunswick||C$ 200|
|East Brunswick||C$ 200|
The twin attractions of Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore continue to ensure that New Jersey retains its place as a popular destination. However, the state’s appeal also lies in its history that runs deeper than the boardwalk casinos and saltwater taffy that made these towns famous.
The chief link between the past and present lies in the legacy of Thomas Edison. The inventor had factories in West Orange and Menlo Park where he created hundreds of inventions, many of which are still in use today. Of course it may be Jersey’s rock ‘n’ roll heritage that impresses – Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and though certainly not least, Frank Sinatra all hail from these parts.
In the south of the state, Cape May offers anyone arriving on cheap flights to New Jersey a beach getaway with strong hints of its Victorian roots still visible in the local architecture. Nearby, gorgeous white-sand beaches provide the perfect setting for a weekend getaway.
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The seasons are as distinct as their names suggest, something to be borne in mind when planning cheap flights to New Jersey. Winter is cold but snowfalls are limited with January temperatures ranging between -1 and 5 degrees Celsius. The spring tends to be mild and by April temperatures can reach the low 20s. Summers tend to be hot and humid and fall is mild, retaining some of the summer’s warmth. Temperatures in October hover around the mid-teens. In the colder northern half of the state, the annual snowfall is about 40cm.
In New Jersey there is the peak season, which covers the summer months, and then there is the peak peak season, which covers the weekends during the summer months. Tourism is the state’s second-largest industry and this is evident from the jam-packed resorts and beaches. The area surrounding Princeton is particularly busy in May and June each year as student graduations draw sizeable crowds. Meanwhile, northwestern Jersey’s Skylands enjoy peak season during the winter months when skiers and snowboarders descend on the area.
It takes a while for the summer warmth of the water along the New Jersey shore to cool and much of the area continues to be a worthwhile destination after Labour Day when the crowds vanish. Cheap flights to New Jersey are also easier to come by in the spring, also a quieter time. The area surrounding Cape May and its Victorian architecture retains its appeal year-round.
There is much to see in New Jersey and the size of the place makes a car necessary if one is to see much of it. Forty per cent of the state is covered by forest and 20 per cent farmland while a stretch of more than 209km features beaches stretching from Sandy Hook to Cape May.
Arrivals on cheap flights to New Jersey will land at one of two airports, Newark or Atlantic City, and trains servicing them stop in Trenton, Princeton, and Newark. Hoboken, Newark, and Jersey City are also connected to PATH trains that also travel to Manhattan. Inter-town bus services are limited and tend to be unreliable.
World-famous Atlantic City casinos occupy a one-mile stretch along the Boardwalk, perfect for walking or sightseeing from the comfort of an old-fashioned rolling chair.
Central Princeton is best seen on foot and guided walking tours are available. There are also guided campus tours of the famous university, but they tend to be crowded during the summer. Meanwhile Cape May is best suited to walking though the surrounding areas can be explored on bikes.
(prices quotes are from London)