Small NJ Town Named Top Fall Tourism Destination for 2022

One way to enjoy fall in New Jersey is to take advantage of the last of the outdoor season before the weather gets unbearable.

New Jersey has great foliage, especially if you are traveling to North Jersey.

The mountains (yes, there are mountains here) are covered in red, orange, and yellow forests that make you want to go pumpkin picking and drink hot apple cider.

Foliage in High Point State Park

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Summer road trips are fun, but fall road trips are scenic.

Lucky for us, Travel Pulse has published a list of the top fall travel destinations in every state, and New Jersey is not what you think.

I initially thought they would take advantage of Airbnb’s #1 fall destination, which is Ocean City, NJ.

But Travel Pulse is more about the foliage and feel of fall than Airbnb, which based its decision on summer weather well into September. You can’t beat a day at the beach in September after everyone has left the coast for back-to-school season.

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So where can people travel in New Jersey this fall? Right in the heart of Hunterdon County in Clinton, NJ.

Travel Pulse calls Clinton the “loveliest little town” and here’s why.

If you’re not from Hunterdon County and don’t know enough about the area, it’s home to the Red Mill, an industrial mill built around 1810 to process wool.

Red Mill, Clinton, NJ (Google Earth)

Red Mill, Clinton, NJ (Google Earth)

The Red Mill sits on the river and is so picturesque that it makes for a great Instagram post.

But apart from that, the Red Mill was rehabilitated as a Museum that you can visit.

During the fall season, you can also purchase tickets to the Red Mill Haunted Halloween Experience.

Clinton is also home to streets of Victorian-style homes and historic churches that will give off that Halloween vibe.

Clinton Presbyterian Church (Google Earth)

Clinton Presbyterian Church (Google Earth)

If you like shopping, it’s the perfect little town to walk around and spend some money.

And don’t forget to eat. There are a handful of great restaurants, cafes, and a vintage-inspired ice cream parlor.

So I think Travel Pulse got it right. It’s the perfect place to drive on a fall day.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Kristen, producer of the New Jersey morning show 101.5. Any opinion expressed is yours.
Questions, corrections or comments? Email producer Kristen at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram.

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