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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 Cairo

Dahshur

See some of the best preserved pyramids in Egypt including the Red, Bent, and Black Pyramids at a site that dates back to the Old and Middle Kingdoms.

30 minutes southeast from Cairo by car, Al-Haram Dahshur,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

Fayyum

Several worthy sights like the Greco-Roman town of Kom Aushim and the Al-Lahun Pyramid make this lush, fertile desert area worth the drive from Cairo.

80 minutes southwest from Cairo by car,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

Memphis

The original capital of Egypt used to run 19 miles along the west bank of the Nile; today, all that’s left of it is a museum. Make the trip to see the massive Ramses II statue and the ruins-filled garden.

30 minutes south from Cairo by car, Mit Rahineh Rd.,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

Saqqara

Explore the site of Egypt’s first pyramid – the Step Pyramid of Djoser – as well as other pyramids and royal tombs from the 3rd to the 6th dynasties. The complex is best explored on foot.

30 minutes southwest from Cairo by car,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

Wadi Natrun

Egypt's most significant Christian monastic center has some of the earliest monasteries in the world – four Coptic religious centers that date back the 4th century.

80 minutes northwest of Cairo by car,
Tags: culture | history | day trip

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