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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Tel Aviv

Bethlehem

While it may technically be located in the West Bank, Bethlehem is a must-visit for religious pilgrims and secular tourists alike. Ask your concierge for exact instructions on how to cross the border.

About 60 miles east of Tel Aviv,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

Dead Sea

Float in the world’s saltiest inland sea and slather on the thick, nutrient-rich mud found on its shores. The numerous five-star hotels in the area have the best beach access.

About 108 miles east of Tel Aviv, www.deadsea.co.il
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | swimming

Eilat

This Red Sea port is Israel’s equivalent of Ft. Lauderdale – all sun-seekers and package vacationers lazing on the beach, snorkeling amid Technicolor coral, or making the most of its duty-free shopping.

222 miles south of Tel Aviv, www.eilat-guide.com
Tags: family | culture | day trip

Galilee

Israel’s most fertile district is resplendent during the spring, when all the flowers are blooming and the weather is mild. Expect dozens of historic biblical sights in addition to a handful of charming villages and kibbutzim (Israeli communal farms).

About 80 miles north of Tel Aviv, www.galilee.gov.il
Tags: outdoors | culture | history | day trip

Haifa

One of Israel’s most beautiful cities, beachside Haifa boasts a promenade with dozens of cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss the Baha’i World Centre, the spiritual headquarters for the Baha’i faith, perched above the city and surrounded by magnificent gardens.

About 60 miles north of Tel Aviv, www.tour-haifa.co.il/eng
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | day trip | gardens

Jaffa

Tel Aviv’s ancient sister city to the south is where Jonah departed for his fateful encounter with a whale many millennia ago. Today it houses the region’s best flea market, an ancient waterfront “old city,” and some of the city’s best restaurants.

Immediately south of Tel Aviv, www.oldjaffa.co.il
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | culinary

Jerusalem

The holy city for Muslims, Christians, and Jews lives up to its historical, cultural, and biblical reputation. Head first for the Old City to see ancient wonders such as the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, before making time for newer West Jerusalem, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and the Israel Museum.

About 37 miles east of Tel Aviv, www.jerusalem.muni.il
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

Nazareth

Visitors to this northern town will enjoy touring several Christian holy sights – including the Basilica of the Annunciation, the Church of Saint Joseph and Mary’s Well – as well as shopping in one of the country’s best outdoor markets.

About 100 miles north of Tel Aviv, www.nazarethinfo.org
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | culinary

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