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The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wonders. Float in some of the saltiest water known to humankind, indulge in therapeutic spa treatments and marvel at awe-inspiring scenery. The Dead Sea is a large body of deep-blue water and Earth’s lowest land elevation point, at more than 1,300 feet (400 meters) below sea level. This lake lies in the basin of the Jordan Rift Valley, an area surrounded by stark desert and mountainous landscapes.
Glimpse this remarkable region while traveling along the Dead Sea Highway. Stay at a luxury resort hotel on the sea’s northeastern shores with direct beach access. Treat yourself to massages and mud baths, which have been popular since the times of Herod the Great. Wade into the water and be amazed as its salinity allows you to bob unaided on the surface.
A short drive south of the hotels is Amman Beach, an accessible beach for budget travelers. Join hordes of visitors attempting to read a book or newspaper while floating in the sea. Close by is O Beach, an upscale day resort with bars, restaurants and infinity pools. Sunsets are majestic from the beaches so have your camera poised to snap envy-inducing shots.
Travel into the hills to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Marvel at the views over the water toward Jerusalem and the Hills of Judaea. Learn about regional archaeology, ecology and geography at the Dead Sea Museum.
See rare orchids, varied birdlife and secluded pools while hiking in Mujib Nature Reserve. Be sure to visit 3,300-foot-tall (1,000-meter) Mount Nebo where Moses first viewed the Promised Land. Admire the mosaics decorating the Memorial Church of Moses. Another interesting place is Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist reputedly baptized Jesus.
The Dead Sea is about a 1-hour drive from Amman and 45 minutes from Madaba. Get here on an organized tour, by private taxi or via rental car to explore at your own pace.
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