The 4 Top Locations to Visit in Jordan

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This is the mesmerizing kingdom of Jordan, where history, culture, and natural wonders converge to create an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan boasts a rich tapestry of ancient ruins, vibrant cities, and breathtaking landscapes.

We were lucky enough to organize a road trip on a remarkable adventure through Jordan’s top destinations, each offering a glimpse into the country’s rich heritage and natural splendor.

Here are the top 4 locations I would recommend for anyone traveling to Jordan for the first time:

1. Amman, Jordan

First in our journey was Amman, the bustling capital, where modernity meets tradition amidst its bustling souks and historic citadels. My top recommendations for the city are the following:

  • The Citadel: The best location to have a full view of the city of Amman
  • Downtown Amman: A good place to haggle prices for cheap souvenirs and to eat the local food
  • Hashem: Best restaurant in Downtown Amman to experience authentic local food
  • Other highly recommended restaurants: Sufra, The Wild Jordan Center, and Shams el Balad

amman jordan

amman jordan

2. The Dead Sea, Jordan

After spending two days in the city, we drove one hour south to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. We booked one night at the Dead Sea Spa Resort which has a private beach on the Dead Sea.

Rejuvenate your senses in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its buoyancy and healing properties.

Side Note: For us, one overnight stay was enough to spend the afternoon at the Dead Sea, enjoy a nice dinner, and a good sleep at the resort. Besides the Dead Sea, there is nothing else in the area. 

dead sea jordan

3. Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Leaving the Dead Sea and continuing south, we headed to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum Desert, a unique scenic location with towering sandstone mountains and vast, serene expanses. We parked our car at the Visitor’s Center, where our driver was waiting for us in a pick-up truck to take us to our luxury camp in the middle of the desert.

WOW. The Aicha Luxury Camp was really something else. The bubble tents have a private bathroom with showers and access to warm water. The camp has a main tent where you can have have a delicious buffet breakfast/dinner included with your stay. They also have a bar area with non-alcoholic drinks and a bonfire at night.

4. Petra, Jordan

After a night in Wadi Rum we started heading back north for our last stop and spent two nights in Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Prepare to be awestruck by Petra, the iconic ancient city carved into rose-red cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that transports visitors to a bygone era.

Be there at 6:00am for opening to enjoy the site without any crowds.

Make sure to also visit Petra during Wednesday or Thursday night for a ceremony where the site is lit with hundreds of candles.

petra

petra

Additional Tips & Recommendations for Jordan

  • Jordan is not cheap. The Jordanian Dinar is stronger than the dollar, euro, and pound, making its currency among the ten strongest in the world so be prepared to spend a little extra cash.
  • Buy the Jordan Pass. It will give you access to the main tourist attractions for a cheaper price
  • Conservative clothing is only needed in Amman. Shorts and tank tops are acceptable for the other tourist attractions.
  • Our Route: Amman (2 nights) – Dead Sea (1 night) – Wadi Rum (1 night) – Petra (2 nights) – Amman. Six nights was enough for us, but we had no down time. I would recommend 7 to 8 nights in Jordan to see most of the country and visit the main spots
  • Blockbuster movies to watch before your trip (all shot in Jordan): Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (1989), The Martian (2015), Aladdin (2019)
  • Another location good for a road trip is the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Click here to see how my road trip was there.

3 Comments

  1. Ana Maria LG
    August 3, 2019 /

    It sounds wonderful and exciting. Loved the detailed account and the pictures.

    • yestowander
      Author
      August 4, 2019 /

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    September 16, 2022 /

    Amazing article! Thank you for keeping it to the point whilst still providing great info.

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