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Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, offers convenient access by hire car to New York City and the various attractions of Jersey Shore. It also boasts the oldest park in the US, Branch Brook Park. It’s ideal for exploring other New Jersey towns and cities.
If you’re arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport, then it’s a five-mile drive by rental car to the centre of the city. En route you can stop off to visit Weequahic Park, which has the biggest lake in Essex County and also includes the East Coast Greenway, an attractive (and growing) walking route that will eventually stretch all the way to Florida. Or you could take a three-mile detour to shop at The Mills at Jersey Gardens, New Jersey's biggest outlet mall with over 200 stores.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Thrifty and Budget. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
There’s lots to see in and around Newark by hire car. For a restful stroll or picnic, visit the historic Branch Brook Park, known for its many cherry blossom trees. Near the park is the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in the US. If you’re a theatre lover, then New Jersey Performing Arts Centre is a major arts and performance space with many shows on throughout the year.
The nearest Jersey Shore beach to Newark is Sandy Hook, a 45-mile drive away, with activities like boating, fishing and windsurfing. Sandy Hook also includes a lighthouse with seasonal tours.
New York City is a 16-mile journey by rental car, so you can spend the day visiting sights like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Art Museum.
Many of Newark’s streets are in a simple grid layout, making it relatively easy to find your way around. However, bear in mind that the grid can sometimes be irregular. If you’re driving to New York City via Interstate 95, you will have to pay a toll. The US is right-hand drive, and remember to keep an eye on your mirror as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the New Jersey ones before your visit.
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