Gaze at the majestic Statue of Liberty from New Jersey’s Gateway Region and follow it up with dinner at a diner – this area of New Jersey has the most diners in the world.

The Gateway Region is rich in culture and history. It boasts easy access to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island and is home to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, Thomas Edison’s home and lab in West Orange and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Also in Jersey City is Empty Sky, the state’s official 9/11 memorial and Newark has the moving Wars of America statue. By the same artist who designed Mount Rushmore, this World War I memorial features 42 men and two horses. At the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Ringwood State Park, stroll 96 acres of gardens blooming with flowers. Free guided tours are available on Fridays.

The largest shopping mall in New Jersey is found here – Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus. Peruse 335 stores, enjoy a meal in one of the sit-down restaurants, catch a flick at the dine-in theater or get a blowout at Drybar. Nearby is Suburban Diner, one of the eateries that helped the region earn its recognition as having the Most Diners in the World. Choose from several versions of “disco fries” alongside a juicy burger or the triple-decker sandwich.

In April, visit Midland Park for the NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show, featuring dinosaur skeletons, glowing ultraviolet minerals and more. Also in April is Rutgers Day, when the university hosts a day of free performances and activities.

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