New Jersey is one of the most stereotyped states in the country. The popular opinion is that it’s the armpit of the United States, but those who have actually spent time there know how much there is to love about it. Jersey is equal amounts suburban, rural, and urban, and it combines the quaintness of Pennsylvania with the grittiness of New York City. It’s a place where you can live out your mall-rat dreams, eat diner food at 3am, hike part of the Appalachian Trail, and hear live music at The Boss’ old stomping grounds. From a construction-themed amusement park to a deserted village in the middle of the woods, these are the best things to eat, see, and do in New Jersey.