Best Places to Visit in Israel
You won’t run out of things to do in incredible Israel. Here is a sample of some top places to visit.
If you’re planning a trip you might want to read my 7-day Israel Itinerary.
The layers of history in Jerusalem dig deep.
From the gut wrenching Holocaust history at the Yad Vashem Museum to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, you’ll get a good grounding in the past.
Another revered site is the Temple of the Mount, which plays an important role in Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths.
Get caught up in the energetic flair of Tel Aviv, a youthful city where art flourishes, the food scene is vibrant and the beaches go on forever.
The Dead Sea
It’s hard to pass up at trip to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth where you can float like a human balloon in seriously salty water.
If you’re at the Dead Sea, it’s simple to make a side trip to Masada, an ancient fortress in the Judean Desert on a mountain plateau overlooking the Dead Sea.
The Negev Desert
Once you get a taste of the Israeli desert at Masada you’ll probably want more. The Negev Desert – which covers half of Israel – is one of the new (but very old) ‘must see’ places to visit in Israel.
Caesarea and Acre
For Crusader history, Caesarea and Acre are destinations that will make you picture – and possibly question – the past.
Haifa is a traveler’s favorite, a port city with a beautiful Baha’i shrine and gardens.
Water lovers and divers can head to Eilat, a resort town at the southern tip of Israel, known for its beaches and coral reefs.
Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee, a large freshwater lake in northern Israel, is significant for its role in the New Testament of the Bible.
Bethlehem, in the West Bank, is meaningful for its religious and historical importance to Christians as the birthplace of Jesus.
These destinations can only whet the appetite. With its ancient history and modern vitality, Israel is a country of surprises.