While standing in front of the cascading gardens at Israel’s Baha’i Temple in Haifa, something made me stop and stare. Wait, when were all of these beautiful, ascending gardens and fountains added? Such a reaction is common among people making a return trip to Israel. New things keep popping up in old places, which is why my third Israeli trip was so rewarding.
With world-class museums and storied biblical sites, bustling markets, and restaurants offering everything from hummus and falafel to gourmet Mediterranean fare, Tel Aviv and Haifa draw thousands of visitors to Israel each year. Beyond these cities lie historic sites like Caesarea, Herod the Great’s ancient port, and the Galilee region, whose lush beauty inspired Jesus as well as the early Jewish rabbis and mystics who created the Kabbalah. En route, travelers relax in grand hotels and resorts, including a luxurious organic farm nestled in the hills.