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Iconic Sites of Jordan

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The peaceful kingdom of Jordan often makes bucket lists for Petra, an awe-inspiring collection of ancient tombs and temples carved into sandstone cliffs. But there are many more archaeological—and ecological—wonders for discerning travelers to enjoy. From north to south, this small country offers an outsize array of dramatic landscapes, therapeutic waters, and historic landmarks that testify to Jordan’s rich heritage. Start here.
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The rose-red ancient city of Petra is the jewel in Jordan’s archaeological crown. Visitors walk through narrow gorges, emerging onto spectacular 2,000-year-old relics carved into hard reddish rock—including Al-Khazneh, “the Treasury,” which was...
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The desert isn’t the only spectacular setting for adventures in Jordan. Case in point: the Dana Biosphere Reserve, an oasis at the intersection of three distinct climate zones that, together, support more than 600 varieties of plants. Wildlife...
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Dramatic sandstone and granite formations give this vast desert in southern Jordan an otherworldly look—which made it a fitting double for the red planet in The Martian (the latest of many blockbusters filmed here, among them, Lawrence of Arabia)....
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Dead Sea
Scenic roads lead southwest from the capital of Amman to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the planet at more than 1,300 feet below sea level. Technically a lake, the Dead Sea’s intensely blue waters are also heavily salted, making it easy to stay...