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Jersey City is the county seat of Hudson County, and the 2nd largest city in the state of New Jersey. However, it is also well-known as a favorite for international and domestic travelers who are visiting New York City. Situated directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, Jersey City offers breathtaking panoramic views of the NYC skyline. In recent years, the downtown section of Jersey City has experienced a redevelopment and economic boom - as a result of this, many new large-scale hotels have been constructed (Hyatt, Courtyard by Marriott, and Doubletree Suites to name a few). These hotels offer excellent proximity to NYC at more affordable prices.
Jersey City is served by regular bus and train service into New York City, as well as to almost anywhere in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area. The bus terminal at Journal Square also doubles as a PATH (subway) hub, with subway stations also at Pavonia/Newport (adjacent to a shopping center), Exchange Place (adjacent to the JC waterfront and the financial area), and Grove Street (adjacent to shopping and taxis).
This is not to say that Jersey City is merely only a stopover for a trip to New York City. Many historic as well as general cultural sites are found in Jersey City, including: Ellis Island, Liberty State Park, and the Liberty Science Center, a new-age musuem with countless interesting exhibits for all ages. The Statue of Liberty is also readily accessible by ferry from downtown Jersey City.
Given its proximity to the three local major airports (15 min to Newark Liberty, and under an hour to JFK and LaGuardia), Jersey City will continue to serve as a central location for tourists for years to come.