Jordan has a long history of welcoming visitors and is considered a safe haven in a region known for conflict. Here, you'll find relics and ruins from the Crusades and the Roman Empire, welcoming towns, gorgeous landscapes, plenty of outdoor areas to explore, and one of the new Wonders of the Ancient World. If you're curious about the Middle East, Jordan is one of the best ways to get to know it a little better.

01Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Desert Oleh_Slobodeniuk / Getty Images

Exploring Wadi Rum is like going back in time. The imposing cliffs, narrow gorges, and stone arches create a stunning atmosphere for exploring. People have inhabited this land for about 12,000 years. Look closely at the sandstone cliffs for inscriptions and petroglyphs as far back as the 4th century BCE. This was the land of Lawrence of Arabia and is one of the best places to experience the desert atmosphere. For an unforgettable experience, spend the night in one of the Bedouin camps.