New Jersey has so many charming small towns, some of which stand out for their scenic beauty. Enjoy several at once with this picturesque road trip through the Garden State’s most winsome small towns. You’ll find indoor and outdoor activities, shops, and restaurants along the way – there’s something for everyone here. What are you waiting for? We’ve made it even easier for you to say yes to a trip like this by creating the ultimate road trip packing list. We have you covered with reminders on all the essentials. So pack up the car and hit the road for one of the most scenic road trips of small towns in New Jersey!

Bring a friend, bring a camera and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. Have you been to any of these small towns in New Jersey? Let us know what you thought!

Hungry for more scenic road trips in New Jersey? Check out this New Jersey Donut Trail, the sweetest *and* most scenic road trip you’ll ever take in the Garden State!

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What are some of the most scenic road trips in New Jersey?

If the above list of scenic road trips in New Jersey ignited your sense of wanderlust, your next course of action is to tackle these beautiful byways and country roads. Opportunities for picturesque drives in the Garden State are endless but, officially, New Jersey is home to seven scenic byways. The “scenic byway” designation is awarded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to roads and routes that “have outstanding scenic, natural, recreational, cultural, historic or archaeological significance" -- and that's precisely what you'll find on these scenic routes. Some of the byways include:

  • Bayshore Heritage Byway
  • Delaware River Scenic Byway
  • Millstone Valley Byway
  • Palisades Scenic Byway


What's the most charming small town in New Jersey?

There’s no shortage of charming small towns in New Jersey -- Lambertville, Clinton, and Stone Harbor, for starters. There's also:

  • Branchville
  • Hardwick
  • Ocean Grove
  • Flemington
  • Cape May

But when it comes to the *most* charming small town in New Jersey, there’s really no contest. Cape May isn’t simply the most charming small town in New Jersey, it is perhaps the most charming small town in the United States. A visit never feels like vacation, it feels like home! From its quaint architecture to postcard-perfect downtown (full of the most delightful restaurants and B&Bs, we might add!), Cape May is simply an enchanting place to visit -- or call home!

Are there many small towns in New Jersey?

Small towns are the heart and soul of the Garden State, and if you really want to be blown away by charm, visit these 14 small towns in New Jersey around the holidays. Places like Cape May and Hammonton, which bring in visitors from all over. Overflowing with cheer and charm, holiday events and attractions in Cape May and Hammonton can include:

  • Candlelight tours
  • Authentic Victorian Christmas decorations
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas gallery exhibit
  • A Dickens Christmas Extravaganza
  • The Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour
  • Tree lighting ceremonies
  • Children's festivals
  • Live carolers all throughout the season