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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Dead Sea

Ajloun Nature Reserve

This portion of Jordan is well known for its sizeable oak and pine forest. The trails here are popular with Gulf natives during scorching summer months, as the reserve remains cool year-round.

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Al-Kahf

Also called the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, this site was mentioned in the Koran’s Al-Kahf. It was here that a group of youths persecuted for their belief in monotheism took refuge.

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Ancient Jerash

Now considered one of the world's finest excavated Roman towns, it was only 70 years ago this city was entirely underground and undiscovered. Wander down colonnaded streets and imagine life in this ancient city.

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Ancient Petra

The design of this ancient Nabatean, crimson-colored city borders on surreal - see ruins like an altar from biblical times and Ad-Dayr, an unfinished tomb that later was used as a Byzantine church. Petra Caravan runs tours.

Petra Caravan, 011-962-79-565-79-50, www.petra-caravan.com
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Bethany

Located a half-hour drive outside Amman, on the east bank of the Jordan River, is the site of Jesus’ baptism and John the Baptist’s settlement. References can be found in the Book of John 1:28 and 10:40.

, www.seejordan.org
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Bird Watching in Azraq

During the Spring and Fall migration between Africa and Asia, a range of birds including desert larks, trumpeter finches, and Temmink’s horned larks, settle in the Azraq marshlands. For overnight trips try the Azraq Rest House

Azraq Rest House, 011-962-5-383-4006
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Dana Nature Reserve

Dana encompasses the wadis and mountains from the top of the Rift Valley all the way down to the desert of Wadi Araba. Spend a night in the Wild Feynan Eco-lodge here to truly experience the majestic hinterland.

, 011-962-6-461-6523, www.rscn.org.jo
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Dead Sea Mud

Smothering yourself in Dead Sea mud is reputedly therapeutic for removing impurities and toxins. Hotels with sea access have mud available for guests; for an even more salutary experience, enter the sea covered in mud. Another way to explore the Dead Sea is by visiting the Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa, which offers day passes, or the O Beach Dead Sea (day passes from $35; obeach.net/jordan), a beach club that attracts a trendy set of visitors. 

Cavil Mall, Sanctuary Cove, and Pacific Fair, Gold Coast,
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Downtown Amman

As one of the oldest districts in Amman (it dates to 3,000 B.C.), downtown is a must not only for the Roman Amphitheatre and Amman Citadel, but also for its bustling street life and mosques.

, www.visitjordan.com
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Grand Husseini Mosque

Located in the heart of downtown Amman, this 1920’s Ottoman-styled mosque was constructed on the site of a mosque built by Omar ibn Al-Khattab, the second Caliph, in 640 AD.

, www.visitjordan.com
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Madaba

See the remnants of the ‘Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land’. Located on the floor of the Church of St. George, the 6th-century map is comprised of two million stone pieces

Church of St. George, 19 miles south of Amman, www.visitjordan.com
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Mount Nebo

As the reputed burial site for Moses, this is considered Jordan’s holiest spot. Remains of a church built in the 4th century to commemorate his death are inside the church that now operates here.

25 miles from Amman, www.visitjordan.com
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Mujib

Conveniently located near the Dead Sea, this nature reserve (lowest in the world) is an ideal hiking spot filled with canyons and streams. Mujib has served as a captive-breeding center since 1989 for the Nubian ibex, a mountain goat.

, www.rscn.org.jo
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Our Lady of the Mountain church

The Our Lady of the Mountain church was built here to commemorate the time when Jesus, his disciples, and mother Mary traveled through this town and rested in a cave. This was one of the 2000 Jubilee pilgrimage sites.

, www.visitjordan.com
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Shawmari Reserve

Several endangered species on the verge of extinction were revived by the breeding center located here – the most notable being the Arabian Oryx. Visitors here can also observe ostriches and desert gazelles.

, www.rscn.org.jo
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Snorkel in Aqaba

Just a quick swim from the shores of the Red Sea is vibrant marine life – sting rays, lionfish, and occasionally turtles – waiting to be explored. The best facilities, and hotel rooms, can be found at the Intercontinental.

Intercontinental Hotel, www.ichotelsgroup.com
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Wadi Rum Desert

The seemingly endless desert landscape is accented by the presence of water holes and rockside canyons rising over 5,700 feet. The best way to experience the desert is by customized jeep tour.

Jordan Select Tours, 011-962-6-593-05-88, www.select.jo
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Wild Jordan Center

Although it’s in bustling Amman, the Wild Jordan Center is an ideal place to research various nature reserves and plan your trip. If you have time, have a bite to eat in their café – it has heavenly city views.

, www.wildjordancafe.com
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