Pinelands National Reserve

New Jersey

Better known as the Pine Barrens, this area of sandy-soil forest and bog covers almost a quarter of New Jersey.

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1. Batsto Village

3.24 MILES

This 18th-century village is an open-air museum that introduces the bog-iron industry, and also has a nature center. Guided tours ($3) of the central…

2. Emilio Carranza Memorial

6.44 MILES

This bizarre snippet of history, emblazoned with an Aztec eagle, juts 10ft out of the ground on the site Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza, attempting to…

3. Atsion Mansion

6.98 MILES

This 14-room Greek Revival–style mansion along the Mullica River has been restored to its 1826 glory (no running water or central heat!). Samuel Richards,…

4. Whitesbog Village

19.84 MILES

Visit one of New Jersey's first cranberry bogs, and the place where the highbush blueberry was cultivated. Nature trails wind through the property.

6. Atlantic City Historical Museum

24.4 MILES

Small but informative – you'll learn all about AC's quirkiest details, such as the high-diving horses that once leapt off a 40ft tower at Steel Pier.

7. Absecon Lighthouse

24.46 MILES

New Jersey's tallest lighthouse at 171ft (228 steps), Absecom (Ab-see-cum) gives you a bird's-eye view of AC. Moonlight climbs are offered monthly during…

8. Historic Pipe Organ

24.72 MILES

A nonprofit institute runs tours, recitals and silent films to maintain the Boardwalk Hall's two historic – and impressive – pipe organs: the 'sonic Mount…