Jerusalem

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Because of its hilltop locale, temperatures in Jerusalem are often cooler than in most other parts of the country. Though Israel is relatively small, only 8,000 square miles, it offers a wide array of religious, architectural and cultural sights that make a day trip (or two) from Jerusalem essential. You can expect a reliable public transportation system, including good taxi and bus services, but renting a car may be the best option for longer tours.

Day Trips from Jerusalem

Bethlehem

Explore Jesus Christ's birthplace in this beautifully preserved ancient town on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Although tarnished with violence during recent years, a visit to this city should not be missed if the security situation permits.

6 miles south of Jerusalem,
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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.

24 miles southeast of Jerusalem, www.deadsea.co.il
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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).

100 miles northwest of Jerusalem, www.galilee.gov.il
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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.

98 miles northwest of Jerusalem, www.haifa.muni.il www.bahai.org/dir/bwc
Tags: beach | culture | history | day trip | culinary

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.

60 miles north of Jerusalem, www.nazarethinfo.org
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Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Those seeking endless culinary options, long stretches of sandy beach, and an inimitable nightlife will relish all that Tel Aviv has to offer. History buffs should spend a day in the ancient port town of Jaffa.

35 miles west of Jerusalem, www.tel-aviv.gov.il
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