Settled in 1666, Newark is one of the oldest cities in the U. S. With an estimated population of 280,00 residents, it is the second-most populous city in the New York metropolitan area (after NYC, of course) and the most populous city and the seat of Essex County. Thanks to its location in the Newark Bay, at the mouth of the Passaic River, the city profited a lot throughout the history. Port Newark-Elizabeth is an integral part of the busiest seaport on the East Coast - the Port of New York and New Jersey. Newark is the home of the oldest county park in the States - the Branch Brook Park
, which also hosts the largest collection of cherry blossom trees of all the parks in the country. If you find yourself to be in Newark, do not miss a trip to New Jersey’s largest museum
, which holds one of the finest collections of American art.