The Highlights of Israel

Even though the country is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, Israel has no shortage of things to do that will satisfy your sense of wonder and adventure.

Whether you’re interested in connecting with your religious roots, or you’re a history buff, or if you’d just like to clear your head in awe-inspiring nature, Israel has something for everyone.

It may seem like there are an overwhelming amount of options for things to do during your stay, so let us narrow down your list to the top “must-see” destinations:

Jerusalem

No trip to Israel is complete without a visit to the country’s capital.

Upon entering Jerusalem’s Old City for the first time, many visitors experience a strong and personal reaction.

For some, it is a city rich in history and religion with something new to discover around every corner.

Even for those who aren’t religious, it’s hard not to be swayed by the city’s unique atmosphere and beautiful meandering alleyways. When you head over to the new part of the city, there are even more places to discover, such as the Yad Vashem Museum, a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and the Israel Museum, featuring the iconic Dead Sea scrolls, and enough art installations for all tastes.

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Tel Aviv

Jerusalem’s much younger and more rebellious sister, Tel Aviv is the perfect mirror to the holy city.

Boasting 14km of beautiful Mediterranean beaches, it is impossible to find yourself bored here.

Many people become enchanted with Tel Aviv’s unique fast-paced atmosphere, European vibe, and non-stop nightlife.

Of course, this is not to say that Tel Aviv lacks a rich history of its.

Visit the port of Jaffa for a taste of the old world, or wander around the chic Neve Tzedek neighborhood to see where it all began.

While you’re here, be sure to sample some of Tel Aviv’s mouth-watering cuisine: your taste buds will be dancing with all the options from a simple falafel or any of the world-class restaurants you’ll find here.

You’ll also find that the city is very liberal and open-minded, in fact, Tel Aviv is home to one of the world’s largest LGBTQ communities!

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The Negev

Though the desert makes up over a half of the country, it’s not the dry and arid place you would think.

A trip to the Dead Sea is vital during any visit to Israel.

This natural phenomenon is the lowest place on earth and boasts some incredible health benefits for those who wish to bathe in its waters. Due to the high salt content, it is difficult to swim in the Dead Sea, so instead, visitors simply sit back and relax while floating gently on the water’s surface.

Nearby, you’ll find Masada, an ancient mountaintop fortress with a tragic story, and Ein Gedi, a natural desert oasis full of wildlife and waterfalls to cool down in.

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The Galilee

Known best for its connection to the bible, the Galilee is a unique area in Israel where visitors can retrace the steps of Christ.

Visitors can go to the town of Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, or to the Sea of Galilee where he is said to have walked on water. 

For those wishing to, it is also possible to get baptized in the Jordan River.

Aside from its religious draws, the region itself is full of beautiful mountains, greenery, and unique hiking trails.

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Golan Heights

If you began your tour of Israel in the north of the country, you would never believe that the country is in fact almost 55% desert!

With its lush green mountains, as far as the eye can see, the Golan Heights is a perfect region for nature lovers.

Go bird watching in the Hula Valley, a major annual stopping point for 500 million migrating birds, or take in the tastes of the Golan at one of the many wineries in the area.

The water in the Golan Heights is also what makes it unique.

In the summer, enjoy rafting on the Jordan River, or visit one of the many breathtaking waterfalls in the region.

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