Our new CIR arrived this August. She is from New Jersey, in the United States. Just South of New York city, New Jersey ranges from very urban in the north, to the farmland in the South that gave it its nickname the Garden State. If you ever visit New Jersey, here are some recommendations.
◆ Atlantic City
The “Gambling Capital of the East Coast,” Atlantic City is second only to Las Vegas in number of casinos. It is also boasts the longest boardwalk in the world. If you pay close attention, you might even notice the locations that the board game Monopoly is based on.
◆ Pine Barrens
The Pine Barrens is a pine forest containing of about 4,500 km2 making up about 22% of the state. Visitors will find pygmy Pitch Pines, and other unique wildlife, such as orchids and carnivorous plants. Legend has it the area is haunted by the Jersey Devil, a kangaroo-like creature with bat winds, horns, hooves, and a forked tail.
◆ MetLife Stadium
If you`re a sports fan, you can visit the Met Life Stadium, home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets. It will be hosting the Super Bowl 2014, to celebrate its recent opening.
◆ New Jersey State Museum
Located in the State Capital of Trenton, the museum features a replica of the first dinosaur skeleton to be identified in North America. It also maintains over 12,000 works of art dating from the 18th century to the present.
These are just a few of the highlights of New Jersey, and we hope that you will have the chance to see them should you visit the United States.
* New Jersey has no sister cities in Yamaguchi Prefecture.