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Jordan
Travel Guide

Wadi Musa which includes heritage architecture, a gorge or canyon and night scenes

Discover ancient UNESCO-listed cities, mesmerizing historic monuments, pink mountains and sunny seaside resorts in this famously hospitable Middle Eastern country.

Jordan is a Middle Eastern kingdom, where historic ruins, Muslim art and architecture and modern cities offer numerous travel choices. See Biblical sites and visit biospheres not far from red desert sands.

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Jordan. View the Treasury, an ornate structure carved from red rock more than 2,000 years ago. Walk through the Siq, a narrow passageway carved by water through a giant sandstone rock. A mountaintop Islamic shrine attracts many pilgrims, some who believe it is an important site from the Old Testament of the Bible.

The country’s fascinating history includes occupation by Byzantines and Romans. Visit ancient Roman ruins at Jerash, an area that has had human occupation for more than 6,500 years. See public plazas and fountains, standing pillars of hilltop temples and a well-preserved amphitheater, all protected by sand until late 20th-century excavation.

Since most of Jordan’s citizens are Muslim, you’ll find mosques throughout the country. Stop to pray or gaze upon the interesting architecture. One of the most impressive is the King Hussein Mosque in Amman with four minarets, tall vaulted ceilings and gleaming exterior walls. Jordan is not all Muslim, however. Travel south to Madaba to see the Church of St. John the Baptist.

On the country’s western border, step into the Dead Sea, one of the lowest points of land on earth. Lie back to float easily in the very salty water with extra buoyancy. Apply a mask of the rejuvenating mineral muds or enjoy a modern spa experience nearby.

The Wadi Rim is a protected area of red, orange and yellow mountains, sand dunes and desert. Note the native plants in the desert setting and climb cliffs of granite and sandstone.

Travel to Jordan’s small seacoast at the Gulf of Aqaba to snorkel with dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles in a colorful reef setting. Enjoy an exciting beach vacation not far from vast deserts and the capital city nightclubs of Amman.

Popular cities in Jordan

Amman which includes night scenes, landscape views and a city
Amman
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours
Jordan’s capital features a great climate, burgeoning creative and café scenes, and some of the most significant ancient ruins in the Middle East.

Reasons to visit

  • Rainbow Street
  • Amman Roman Theater
  • Amman Citadel
Wadi Musa which includes heritage architecture, a gorge or canyon and night scenes
Wadi Musa
Known for Tours, Trendy and Cultural Activities
As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Reasons to visit

  • Petra
  • Petra Visitor Center
  • Little Petra
Aqaba showing a fountain as well as an individual male
Aqaba
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Swimming
Set on the Red Sea, this coastal resort town is one of the world’s best snorkeling destinations and an idyllic beach getaway.

Reasons to visit

  • Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque
  • Aqaba Fort
  • Al-Hafayer Beach
Jerash Archaeological Museum which includes heritage architecture, building ruins and a sunset
Jerash
Known for Swimming, Relaxing and Temples
Walk amid a citadel of Roman ruins, watch chariot races and shop in a bustling souk in this ancient Jordanian city.

Reasons to visit

  • Hadrian's Arch
  • Oval Forum
  • Hippodrome
Wadi Rum which includes a gorge or canyon, landscape views and desert views
Wadi Rum
Known for Tours, Small Town and Scenery
With its spectacular vistas of red sand and blue skies and incredible camping sites, this desert is an essential stop on any journey through Jordan. 

Reasons to visit

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area

Popular places to visit in Jordan

Jordan