Newark and the area surrounding it often get overlooked as a destination, possibly because of its proximity to New York City.

That's unfortunate because there's a wealth of historic sites and attractions within easy reach of this urban hub.

There's also a full schedule of events throughout the year.

If you're visiting within the next week or two, you can catch the cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, which boasts more flowering cherry trees than the better known display in Washington, D.C. From July 25 to 28, the eighth annual Lincoln Park Music Festival attracts upward of 50,000 fans of jazz, hip-hop and gospel music. On Aug. 26, the town plays host to the Street League Skateboarding World Tour that features 20 of the world's best street skateboarders competing on one-of-a-kind concrete skate plazas.