You’ve made it Tipsters! Ramadan is in its’ last few days and we want to applaud your efforts! Seeing as Eid Al-Fitr is right around the corner, we’ve put together a list of day trip road trip ideas you can reference in making your plans this year. Eid is for spending time with your loved ones, and feasting post-fast. But instead of going to any one of Amman’s great restaurants, why not change things up a bit this Eid? You’ve been cooped up, so instead…grab your loved ones, and hit the open road for a day trip filled with awesome views, good vibes, great food and fresh air.
Sitting on the northwest corner of Jordan, is the city of Umm Qais, formerly the Decapolis of Gadara. With Roman ruins and as home to one of Jesus’s miracles, Umm Qais is special for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it boasts breathtaking views of Jordan, Syria and Palestine. You can see the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. So what better destination for a day trip? Plus, it is home to none other than Romero, perched atop a hill and the perfect locale for lunch or dinner.
Jerash is known for its’ Greco-Roman ruins, 2nd century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. The Jerash Archaeological Museum is riddled with excavated artifacts. It’s got soul, and Jerash makes for a beautiful backdrop for a nice walk through time. Plus, the road to Jerash is amazing- with winding roads, gorgeous trees in the backdrop and open roads that will make your lungs breath in that much deeper. Take a tour and end your day at Um Khalil’s Lebanese House. The guest list is a giveaway. It is some of the best food you’ll have north of Amman.
This one’s a no brainer. We know you’ve been itching to get your tan on…and where can you find better rays than in the Dead Sea? The salty waters and hot temperature are a local favorite when it comes to a mini-escape. Whether you fancy the Crown Plaza, Kempinski, Movenpick or something else… you’ll find great pools with fantastic poolside restaurants to end your hunger. Plus, the Dead Sea is a convenient choice whether you’re going family style or with your friends. And if you want an epic view, catch the sunset at the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex.
Nebo is the site for where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land, and where he is believed to be buried. But this spot is really nice for a day out to catch awesome views of Palestine while enjoying a short road trip with your crew. If you’re up for a meal, Nebo Restaurant and Terrace offers great panoramic views of the Holy Land without having to go too far away from Amman. Oh and, make sure you try their homemade Arabic bread. So good.
If you’ve made it to Mt. Nebo, Madaba is a stone’s throw away. Known as the city of Mosaics, Madaba is home to 6th century Byzantine cartographic mosaic map that contains more than 2 million pieces of stone. Madaba is a great spot to get inspired and learn a thing or two. And remember to visit the Mosaic factory to experience first-hand how Mosaics are made! Plus when you get hungry, head to Haret Jdoudna. Eat at this 20th century transformed historical property that is now a magical village of restaurants, coffee shops and a traditional Jordanian Souk and Crafts Market. So whatcha waiting for?
The classics are classics for a reason. We locals tend to forget sometimes how amazing our Kingdom really is, and what there is to do. So spread the love this Eid. Grab your family and friends, and be thankful for where you are and who you’re with. Mostly, enjoy the good times, good food and good vibes of this Eid Al-Fitr.
Eid Mubarak Tipsters!
The Tip n’ Tag Team