Elizabeth, New Jersey, is a classic New England city, filled with interesting architecture and history, having been established by early English settlers in 1664. The most populous city in its county, Elizabeth is a big place with lots to do year-round.

You might not think of our country’s Northwest as a great place for outdoorsy activities, but between its position near the Hudson River and its numerous parks, Elizabeth is a beautiful place to be outside no matter what the season. New England is the perfect part of the US to see the leaves change, so if you’re planning a road trip in the next couple months, Elizabeth is the place to stop for the perfect view.

And with such a long history dating back to our nation’s very beginning, Elizabeth is the place to be for history about the pilgrims. Take a walking tour through Midtown, a well-preserved historical neighborhood full of historic buildings and monuments. Not all the preserved history is from the days of the first settlers, either—you can see an eclectic mix of 1600s history and Art Deco buildings from the Great Depression era in the twentieth century, as well as statues and sites from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Music lovers will enjoy a Dinner and a Show event at the Ritz Theatre, which has hosted a diverse array of famous musicians in its hundred or so years of operation. Elizabeth is a great place for food and drink—there are tons of bars there, from sports bars to pubs to microbreweries, so you’ll never fail to have a great time in Elizabeth.