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New Jersey to Boston drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

New Jersey to Boston road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from New Jersey to Boston. If you're planning a road trip to Boston, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start at New Jersey
drive for about 56 minutes

11:56 am  New York City
eat at Katz's Delicatessen
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 1:56 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

2:48 pm  Stamford (Connecticut)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:48 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

4:35 pm  New Haven
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from New Haven
drive for about 42 minutes

10:42 am  Hartford
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:42 am
drive for about 54 minutes

12:36 pm  Old Sturbridge Village (Massachusetts)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:36 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:39 pm  Walden Pond State Reservation
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:39 pm
drive for about 27 minutes

4:06 pm  arrive in Boston
stay at The Westin Copley Place

day 2 driving ≈ 3 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

New York City  (622 answers)
    Central Park  (149 mentions)
    High Line Park  (110 mentions)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (85 mentions)
    Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
    Times Square  (59 mentions)
    restaurants around New York City:
        Katz's Delicatessen
        Shake Shack
        Lombardi's Pizza
        Balthazar Restaurant
        Eataly
    questions about New York City:
        Is it a good idea to visit NYC in December?
        free or cheap things to do in NYC
        What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?
        48 Hours in NYC - I NEED to know the best Pizza spots!
        Which NYC museums are must see? We only have time for two.

Stamford (Connecticut)  (3 answers)
    questions about Stamford (Connecticut):
        Healthy grocery store near Stamford Marriott?

New Haven  (8 answers)
    restaurants around New Haven:
        Modern Apizza
        Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
        Goodfellas Restaurant
    questions about New Haven:
        What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
        Let's get serious about Pizza..... Sally's? Pepes? or Modern?

Hartford  (14 answers)
    The Mark Twain House & Museum  (4 mentions)
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art  (2 mentions)
    questions about Hartford:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Hartford?

Old Sturbridge Village (Massachusetts)  (4 mentions)

Walden Pond State Reservation  (2 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Boston?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Boston.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in Boston to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out The Westin Copley Place, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Eliot Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Commonwealth  (3 mentions)
The Charles Hotel  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Boston? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Boston?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Mike's Pastry, which was mentioned 15 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Legal Sea Foods  (13 mentions)
Neptune Oyster  (7 mentions)
Alden & Harlow  (7 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Boston? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Boston?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Faneuil Hall  (30 mentions)
Freedom Trail  (29 mentions)
Fenway Park  (26 mentions)
Harvard Square  (18 mentions)
Harvard University  (17 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Boston. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Best way to get to downtown Boston from Logan Airport  (20 answers)

profile  Neil from Baton Rouge asked:
Is the Boston Freedom Trail worth a visit?  (14 answers)

profile  Eunice from Turrialba asked:
Worried about Boston cold weather. What should I wear?  (10 answers)

profile  Sara from Westerly asked:
Where are the best shopping deals in Boston?  (9 answers)

profile  Hannah from Milwaukee asked:
What are the can't miss things to do in Boston?  (9 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Boston.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Boston to New Jersey drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of New Jersey? Try searching for places within 4 hours of New Jersey.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from New Jersey to Boston. Or get a full New Jersey to Boston flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know New Jersey well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about New Jersey!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 261 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 19 minutes
27 New Jersey travel answers
622 New York City travel answers
3 Stamford (Connecticut) travel answers
8 New Haven travel answers
14 Hartford travel answers
226 Boston travel answers





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