Ten Incredible Views in New Jersey

Whether you’re looking for memorable things to do in New Jersey, breathtaking spots to take a picture or just some romantic weekend ideas, try our roundup of some of the best places to visit in New Jersey for incredible views.

1. Climb to the top of High Point Monument.

Venture to High Point State Park in Sussex, and trek to New Jersey’s highest elevation point (1,803 feet), the location of High Point Monument. This white obelisk atop a hill offers sweeping views — especially if you climb to the top of its 220 steps.

2. Take the stairs to the top of Cape May Lighthouse.

A journey up 199 stairs in this 1859 lighthouse will reward you with sweeping views of the surrounding Cape May Point State Park, where coastal marshes and ponds serve as a prime location for spotting birds.

3. Look out across the New Jersey Pine Barrens at Wharton State Forest.

Throughout the 120,000-plus acres of forests, streams and rivers, you’ll find plenty of scenic areas within Wharton State Forest stretching over Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties. While you’re there, hike along Batona Trail, all the way to the top of Apple Pie Hill, for vast views of the dense Pine Barrens.

4. Take in the dramatic skyline views at Liberty State Park.

Located in a bustling metropolitan area of Jersey City, Liberty State Park offers wide-open views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Walk along Liberty Walk to see scenic views of the Hudson River as well.

5. Watch the rushing waterfalls at Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.

Score the best views of the Paterson Great Falls (and the dramatic, green bridge overarching the canyon) with a jaunt through the adjacent Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

6. Explore the scenic areas of Gateway National Recreation Area.

Whether you want to capture that perfect photograph of serene beaches, salt marches, a holly forest or an iconic lighthouse, Sandy Hook Unit in the Highlands has plenty of picturesque maritime scenes to photograph.

7. See the rippling waters at the Delaware Gap National Recreation Area.

Just off Exit 1 of I-80 in Hardwick Township, stop at the Kittatinny Point overlook in the Delaware Gap National Recreation Area to enjoy a picnic lunch and peaceful views of the Delaware River as it flows along the base of two mountains.

8. Head to the top of Barnegat Lighthouse.

At the northern tip of Long Beach Island, you’ll find the historic Barnegat Lighthouse, where panoramic views of Island Beach, Barnegat and Long Island Beach beckon.

9. Get a glimpse of Lambert Castle from the historic Lambert’s Tower.

After a $2.1 million renovation, this historic observation tower reopened in 2014, giving visitors a prime viewing spot of nearby Lambert Castle in Paterson. The Museum contains historical period rooms that interpret the Castle’s past.

10. Look out onto the glittering waters of Manasquan Reservoir.

The 770-acre Manasquan Reservoir is a popular place for boating and fishing, while the surrounding woods and wetlands offer recreational options for joggers, hikers and bikers. For the best views of the action of the Howell reservoir, make your way up to the Visitor Center’s second-level observation deck.