In a picturesque valley, surrounded by the mountains of Gilead, lies one of the Roman Empire’s best-preserved Roman legacies. We’re talking about the city of Jerash, where you can wander theaters and temples that harken back to the days of Alexander the Great. The local hippodrome still hosts chariot races and staged battles between gladiators. Explore the Jerash Archeological Museum and head outside the city to visit Ajloun Fort, a comparatively modern 12th-century castle with spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides. While Jerash is only about an hour’s drive north of Amman—close enough for a day trip—we suspect you’ll be tempted to linger.