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Best Places to Visit in New Jersey

New Jersey, it’s a place that certainly brings to mind a flood of images: Tony Soprano, Bruce Willis, the Jersey Shore (both the actual coastline and the infamous MTV show), the Pine Barrens, Jay and Silent Bob, pork rolls and Jersey hot dogs... the list of iconic Jersey people, characters, food, locations goes on and on. Among the colorful things you will experience if you decide to visit New Jersey is the insanely high number of traffic fines that are handed out in the state each year. Should you find yourself with a ticket or fine while on vacation in NJ, here is a guide to help you pay your ticket online. It seems that despite its important place within the pedestal of American history and culture would make it a tourist destination, but as it always has been and probably always will be, New Jersey is overshadowed by its more famous, cool, bigger brother New York.

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In the paragraphs below I have included three must-visit New Jersey (NJ for short) cities/destinations, whatever you want to call them, that I hope will shine a light on the joys of the Garden state.

Wildwood, NJ

It's a part of the notorious Jersey Shore, which has a rather unfair reputation, due in large part to the MTV show of the same name. While mischaracterized, the Jersey Shore and especially the beaches in Wildwood are some of the best in the country. Stretching 5 miles across three different sections of beach, the "wildwoods" as they are referred to offer something for everyone. It is important to note that the beach is completely free, and despite its popularity, the beachhead is sizable enough that you should be able to get some private space. Along with the beach itself, and associated amusement and water parks that are lined up next to the beach, the city of Wildwood offers several interesting museums including the Doo Wop Preservation League museum (no I did not make that up) and the George F Boyer Historical museum which is a great place to learn about the long and interesting history of the area.

Princeton, NJ

Home to the world-renowned Princeton University, the town of Princeton, New Jersey is one of the prettiest college town's in the country. I would recommend doing a walking tour of both the Princeton campus which is littered with beautiful architecture and landscaped grounds, as well as downtown Princeton which also features gorgeous buildings and numerous delicious restaurants and trendy shops.

Red Bank, NJ

Located in central New Jersey, Red Bank is a town of just over 12,000 people but despite its size it has garnered a reputation as a shopper’s paradise, and is frequently noted for its artistic activity. Some notable sites to see in Red Bank include: Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash an awesome comic book store that is owned by NJ native and notable movie director Kevin Smith. Red Tank Brewing is a local brewery that offers a variety of handcrafted microbrews, according to online reviews this place is a must go. A trip to Red Bank would not be complete without visiting the arts district which features several notable art galleries and collections including: the Chetkin gallery which specializes in contemporary European artwork, the Art Alliance Studio and Gallery which offers both traditional and non-traditional pieces by local artists.

You've seen it on TV and in the Movies, now go see it for yourself, New Jersey has both historical and contemporary value and is a supremely underrated travel destination.

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