8 Award-Winning Places to Visit in New Jersey This Year

  • Victorian mansions in Cape May New Jersey
    Cape May

Atlantic City

When you’re coming to New Jersey, Atlantic City is a must, which is probably why it made the No. 5 spot on on the Travel + Leisure’s 2015 list of America’s Favorite Towns. Aside from numerous casinos, lively nightclubs and the world-renowned boardwalk, Atlantic City is also the spot for discovering iconic eateries and the best people watching around.

The Asbury Hotel, Asbury

Voted the Best New Hotel in the U.S. for 2016 by USA Today 10 Best, The Asbury is making waves for its breathtaking ocean views, modern designs and trendy gathering places, such as the outdoor beer garden, rooftop patio and pool. Book one of the stylish guest rooms for a weekend getaway.

Pine Barrens

Dubbed one of the Most Haunted Places in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler, this vast expanse of wilderness covers more than one million acres, and it’s home to a number of ghost towns left over from colonial-era industrial areas. Rumor has it the Pine Barrens is also home to the Jersey Devil, a winged, hooved creature born in 1735.

Icona Diamond Beach, Wildwood

Situated on one of the few private beaches in New Jersey and boasting amenities like upscale restaurants, plush suites and relaxing spa treatments, it’s easy to see why this luxury hotel, Icona Diamond Beach was named No. 7 on the Best Hotel in the U.S. by 2017 TripAdvisor Reader’s Choice Awards.

Ocean City Beach

Thanks to its family-friendly events, beautiful boardwalk and numerous amusement piers, Ocean City Beach earned the title Best Beach in America in 2016 by Coastal Living.

Donkey’s Place, Camden

The next time you’re in the mood for a sandwich, you can’t go wrong at Donkey’s Place in Camden, which New York Post dubbed as having one of the Best Sandwiches in America. Order its famous cheesesteak: a poppy seed bun piled with steak, caramelized onions and American cheese.

Point Pleasant Beach

Named one of the Best Beaches in New Jersey by Travel + Leisure, Point Pleasant Beach is a must-visit spot for families due to its plethora of kid-friendly attractions nearby. We’re talking ice cream stores, arcades, rides and even an aquarium.

Cape May

Crowned one of the 25 Best Beach Towns in America by Thrillist, Cape May is a National Historic Landmark filled with historic sites, quiet beaches and a lighthouse dating back to 1859. Cape May also was named No. 15 for America’s Favorite Towns by Travel + Leisure, which cited its incredible Victorian architecture and swoon-worthy home décor shops. Looking for ideas for your next vacation? Make it a great one with these top-rated hotspots around New Jersey. From the best beaches to the most haunted places, discover these “Best of Destinations.”