Best Road Trips From Trenton, NJ

May 12th, 2022 by

If you’re looking for some fun and a quick escape from your usual routine, why not take a day or weekend trip to one of these amazing locations nearby? Whether you’re looking to soak up the beauty of a state park, take a stroll along the seaside, explore some unique attractions, or visit places of historical significance, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover some of our favorite places near Trenton to visit on a day or weekend road trip.

Allaire Village Historic Site

Less than an hour outside of Trenton sits the Allaire Village Historic Site, a wonderful gem of a living history museum located on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. Back in the 19th century, this was a factory town that produced lots of iron. 

Today at the Allaire Village, you can explore all sorts of historic and preserved buildings, including the church, general store, blacksmith shop, and foreman’s home. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the area by taking a bike ride along the Edgar Felix Bikeway, having a picnic at one of the many tables throughout the park, or going fishing in the Manasquan River.

Cape May

Whether you’re looking for a fun day trip or a luxurious weekend getaway, the beach town of Cape May may just be the ticket. This picturesque seaside town has multiple beaches where visitors can soak up the sun, walk along the soft sand, or play on the shore. 

This is also a great destination for those who like to walk through cities and admire their unique architecture, as the Cape May Historic District boasts numerous Victorian-era houses. Of particular interest may be the Emlen Physick Estate and the World War II Lookout Tower, both of which function as living history museums. Other attractions include a range of trolley tours, local shops along the Washington Street Mall, a whale watch research center, and a winery.

The Breakers

Originally built during America’s Gilded Age by the Vanderbilt family, The Breakers still stands as one of the most opulent historical summer cottages in the U.S. Today, the Preservation Society of Newport allows guests to either guide their own tours through this historical house or download one of several excellent audio tours through a smartphone app. 

Consider purchasing a ticket package that allows you to wander through other houses and structures built during the late 1800s, including a topiary garden with shrubbery designed in the shapes of animals. The Marble House and the Isaac Bell House are great if you are looking for an extra special weekend getaway. You could also plan your trip to coincide with one of the society’s annual events, such as the Newport Flower Show or the Wine & Food Festival.

Finger Lakes

Hoping for a relaxing weekend with some adult libations? If you drive about three hours outside of Trenton, you can experience the renowned wineries, distilleries, and breweries of the Finger Lakes. Nature enthusiasts will delight at the natural beauty, from the waterfalls over in Watkins Glen State Park to the depths of the glacial Seneca Lake. 

To view the Finger Lakes from totally unique angles, consider taking a boat cruise across the water, such as a narrated daytime tour where you can learn more about the area’s history or a more luxurious evening dinner cruise with music. Other activities you might enjoy in this region include indulging at one of the soothing spas, picking your own produce at local farms, biking through the Finger Lakes National Forest, or exploring the Cumming Nature Center.

The Wildwoods

Ready to take a trip back in time? Then the city of Wildwood, New Jersey, might be calling your name. The broader area is collectively known as “the Wildwoods,” and it has many doo-wop-style buildings that give both residents and visitors the sensation that they’re back in the 1950s or 1960s. Visit Morey’s Piers to enjoy some classic boardwalk festivities and arcade games while soaking up the sun and retro architecture. 

With over 160 festivals and events each year, the Wildwoods has also developed a reputation for being the event capital of the East Coast. If you’re a car fanatic, consider stopping by during one of their classic car shows. Are you more into cute animals? Then the Patriotic Pooch Parade may be just up your alley. Additional events to consider checking out include the International Kite Festival, the Baby Parade, the Neon Night Tours, and performances by the Harlem Globetrotters.

Clinton

About an hour northwest of Trenton, the town of Clinton, New Jersey offers visitors a picturesque town with both natural and architectural beauty. One of the most famous sites is the Red Mill, which has been there since 1810 and used to be a mill for making wool. Always a popular destination, the place has received even more attention since being featured on an episode of “Ghost Hunters” about a decade ago. The Red Mill is now part of a living history museum where tourists can explore this factory along with a schoolhouse, quarry building, and more. 

What about the natural world of Clinton? If you go down to the South Branch of the Raritan River, you can go canoeing, fishing, or just watch the ducks meander by. Or you can head over to Hunts Mills Park, which has hiking trails available for both experienced hikers and people who are more interested in a leisurely stroll. Clinton is also a great place to visit if you’re hungry, as it’s home to a range of local restaurants, from fast-casual to the more luxurious.

Reach out to Hyundai of Trenton 

Do you and your friends or family have another favorite place to visit when driving outside of Trenton, NJ? If so, please contact our dealership and let us know. We are always happy to learn more about our neighboring communities.

If you need a new vehicle or a service check for your current vehicle, then feel free to stop by our showroom or book a service appointment. Whatever we can do to make your road trip more carefree and easy, we’re ready to do it.

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