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Cape May, New Jersey
Sadly, New Jersey may be better known for big hair and organized crime than for its pretty towns and peaceful seascapes. But the Garden State has some fantastic vacation destinations that are undoubtedly worth a visit -- like Cape May, one of America's oldest resort towns. (Editor's Note: Cape May escaped Hurricane Sandy in 2012 with only minor flooding.) Summer is high season here, but we prefer Cape May in the spring because travelers can walk past picturesque Victorian houses, read a novel on the beach (you may need a sweater but you'll still enjoy the view!) or visit an old-fashioned ice cream parlor before the summer crowds descend. Plus, Cape May becomes a birder's paradise each spring when thousands of sea and songbirds migrate to Cape May Point State Park, a major migratory route.