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If you're planning on spending several days to a week in Jerusalem, consider taking a day trip to the Dead Sea. Located southeast of Jerusalem, along the Israel-Jordan border, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. Recent travelers describe a swim in these waters, which are so salty that no living organism can survive in them, as otherworldly; the salt causes you to float effortlessly on the surface. Many also believe that the Dead Sea (and its mud) has healing powers. Although that hasn't been proven, both the mud and the salty water have soothing effects on skin.

While in the area, you must visit Masada, which sits about 60 miles south of Jerusalem along the southeast coast of the Dead Sea. Overlooking the sea from its cliff-side perch, this archaeological site houses the remains of a Sicarii settlement. The Sicarri was a group of Jewish radicals that defeated the Roman troop stationed in Southern Israel. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., the Sicarii fled Jerusalem and settled at Masada, but four years later, the Romans laid siege to their city. According to legend, rather than endure defeat, the Sicarii committed a mass suicide, leaving only an empty city for the Romans to conquer. Today, you can explore what remains of this community. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The view of the Dead Sea and the surrounding mountain ranges alone makes this hike/journey worthwhile."

You can reach the Dead Sea and Masada by Egged bus. The trip takes about an hour and a half and costs between 42 and 55 ILS (around $11 to $15 USD) each way. You can also drive, following Route 1 east out of Jerusalem and then Route 90 South. Depending on which beach you choose, you may have to pay to swim in the Dead Sea. Masada is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between April and September and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between October and March. Admission to Masada is 27 ILS (around $7 USD) for adults and 13 ILS (about $3.50 USD) for children. To learn more about the Dead Sea, visit the region's website. You can find more information about Masada at the park's website.

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#1 Old City Chances are that you'll spend much of your time here. The Old City is home to many of Jerusalem's most sought-after attractions, including the Western Wall, the Church ... Read more » jmutzinger / Flickr

#2 Western Wall (Wailing Wall) The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel, is the most significant historic site for the Jewish faith. This wall, located in the heart of the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#3 Israel Museum Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the country's largest cultural institution and one of the world's leading art and archeology museums. Sprawling across 20 acres, the Israel ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#4 Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock Temple Mount is one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem for both Jews and Muslims. Historians have associated it with Mount Moriah (where the binding of Isaac took place) and ... Read more » Yulia_Malinovskaya / Getty Images

#5 Mount of Olives Named after the olive groves that once covered its slopes, this 2,900-foot mountain stands opposite the Old City across the Kidron Valley. For more than 3,000 years, the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#6 Mahane Yehuda Sandwiched between Agripas and Yafo streets in West Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda offers a glimpse (and a taste) of authentic life in modern Israel. This vibrant marketplace houses vendors selling everything ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#7 Yad Vashem Located about four miles from the Old City in West Jerusalem's Mount Herzl neighborhood, Yad Vashem contains the world's largest collection of information on the Holocaust. Stretching out ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#8 Church of the Holy Sepulchre Believed to stand directly above Jesus Christ's tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is considered one of the world's holiest Christian sites. Emperor Constantine originally built the ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

#9 City of David and Hezekiah's Tunnel The City of David, founded more than 3,000 years ago by King David, serves as a major archeology site and a functioning residential neighborhood within the Old City. Visitors ... Read more » Courtesy of www.goisrael.com

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The Old City dates back several thousand years and is home to Jerusalem's most famous religious sites. jmutzinger / Flickr

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