Israel is a beautiful and diverse nation that should be on every traveler's bucket list. The country is relatively safe, and the people are extremely friendly. With thousands of years of history, lively cities, delicious food, gorgeous beaches, deserts, etc., you could easily spend months in Israel and not do or see it all.
To help you plan your trip, here's a list of what we consider to be some of the best things to see and do in Israel.
5 - The Dead Sea
If you are in Israel, you can't miss visiting the incredible body of water known as the Dead Sea. Also regarded as the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea is a beautiful saline lake surrounded by the Negev Desert. It also serves as part of the border with Jordan. Furthermore, the Dead Sea is ten times saltier than the ocean, making it impossible for animals to survive, hence where it gets its name.
The Dead Sea is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a spot to cool down and relax. You can easily book a day trip with a tour company in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to get there. Also known for its mineral-rich mud, the Dea Sea is also world-renowned for its healing properties. When you arrive at the Dead Sea, you will see plenty of people covered in the mineral-rich mud, effortlessly floating in the water and soaking up the sun.
Note: Don't submerge your head in the water; if the water gets in your eyes, they will burn like hell!
4 - Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is Israel's commercial and cultural capital. If you are looking for museums, culture, history, nightlife, beaches, and some of the best restaurants in Israel, Tel Aviv has it all! You will always find a positive atmosphere no matter where you go. This lively city seems never to sleep!
If you are looking for a relaxing beach day, I recommend heading to the promenade, where you will find cafes, restaurants, shops, and of course, the beach! If you want to party at night, you're lucky since Tel Aviv has some of the best European nightclubs. If you want to visit a museum, you have over 20 options in Tel Aviv. No matter what you want to do, Tel Aviv has it all!
3 - Masada
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masada is an ancient fortification located in the Judean Desert. The site has a dark yet intriguing history. The stronghold of Masada was constructed in the year 30 BCE under the rule of King Herod. Later in the year 68 CE, Masada was overthrown by Jewish crusaders. Their occupation lasted until the year 74 CE when the Romans breached Massada. Rather than falling into the hands of the Romans, the 960 Jewish zealots chose to commit suicide and plunge off the cliffs. Due to its history, it holds the symbolic importance of perseverance and heroism.
A day trip to its ruins will allow you to catch a glimpse of the past, with impressive structures and artifacts still reaming to this day. You can easily reach Massada in under three hours if traveling from Tel Aviv. Once you arrive, you can either hike up the mountain or take the cable cart. If you decide to walk up, bring water with you since the path is very steep, and there is no shade along the way!
2 - Red Canyon
The Red Canyon is located in Israel's southern region of the Eliat Mountains. The mountains are home to some of Israel's most beautiful and accessible hikes. If you have ever been to Antilope Canyon in Arizona, USA, the Red Canyon in Israel is very similar.
The Red Canyon gets its name from the intense red color of the sandstone when the sunlight hits it. To get there, you can either rent a car in Tel Aviv and drive or book an organized tour from Tel Aviv. Whichever option you choose, don't forget to take plenty of snacks and water with you!
Note: You don't need to pay an entrance fee to enter the Red Canyon!
1 - Jerusalem
Out of all the things to do and see and Israel, a visit to Jerusalem is a must! Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest cities; and is a holy place for people who practice Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. With sites like The Western Wall, Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, the Chuch of the Holy Sepulchre, King David's Tomb, and many more, you should plan more than just a day trip to Jerusalem. The city also is home to over 200 museums, one of the oldest wineries in Jerusalem, and endless shops, spice markets, cafes, and restaurants. With thousands of years of history, you could easily spend weeks in Jerusalems and not see it all.
Note: Don't forget to dress modestly if you want to visit the holy sites.
Have you ever been to Israel? What were your favorite places to visit there? Let us know in the comments below!