Israel’s national parks are stunning destinations where tourists can embark on a journey through some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. We’ve put together a list of the best Israel national parks, from the northern reaches to the southern tip of the country. You can get a national park pass from the Israel Nature & Parks Authority, which grants you multiple entries and discounts to sites that require a fee. Take this opportunity to connect with nature, culture, wildlife, and history. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or seeking a relaxing getaway, these natural treasures will leave you with lasting memories.
1) Caesarea National Park
Caesarea National Park, located on Israel’s northern Mediterranean Coast, is an ancient city created by King Herod the Great. Extensively excavated, the Caesarea port has been largely reconstructed with exhibitions that display some of Israel’s best archeology. Enjoy cafes, restaurants, and galleries after touring the ancient theater, which still hosts numerous concerts every year. See the wonders of Caesarea – named by Travel & Leisure as the best tourist spot in the Middle East in 2020 – and other northern gems with this Caesarea, Haifa, and Akko Tour.
2) Ein Gedi Nature Reserve
Nestled along the shores of the Dead Sea in southern Israel, the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve is a natural wonderland. This unique oasis boasts lush palm groves, verdant waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Hiking enthusiasts can embark on the scenic Oasis Trail, offering stunning vistas. Take a refreshing dip in the cool springs or go birdwatching to see dozens of avian species that call this region home. Marvel at the Ein Gedi synagogue which stands as a testament to the area’s rich heritage, dating back to the Byzantine era. Visit Ein Gedi in the spring, summer, and autumn seasons with us on our Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Tour or browse all our Dead Sea tours.
3) Masada National Park
One of the most iconic places to visit in Israel is Masada National Park, located in southern Israel’s Judean Desert near the Dead Sea. Masada is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a must-visit for nature lovers and those interested in Jewish heritage. Once you get there, the main attraction is the Masada fortress, where the Jews rebelled in the Great Revolt against the Roman Empire. Take the cable car or hike the famous Snake Path to reach the mountain’s summit. Join our Masada sunrise tour for an unforgettable day exploring the region. Discover off-the-beaten-track activities in the Judean Desert for more exciting adventures
4) Mount Carmel National Park
Mount Carmel is a mountain range stretching about 25 miles just inland from Israel’s Mediterranean Coast. Sitting along Haifa‘s mountainous slopes, this park is also close to the winery towns of Binyamina, Zichron Yaakov, and the artistic colony of Ein Hod. Explore a vast network of hiking trails that lead to stunning viewpoints. History buffs will love discovering the park’s many ancient sites, including prehistoric caves which reveal fascinating insights into early human settlement. Our Caesarea, Haifa and Akko Tour is a great way to enjoy this unique region.
5) Gan HaShlosha National Park
Gan HaShlosha is a National Park located close to the Sea of Galilee and Jezreel Valley in the north of Israel. It has naturally warm springs where visitors are able to swim all year round. Home to majestic palm trees, great picnic spots, and bright blue waters, Gan HaShlosha has been named one of the 20 most beautiful parks in the world by TIME Magazine. The park also has a restored water mill and other buildings dating back to the British Mandate Period.
6) Beit Shean National Park
Beit Shean National Park is located in northern Israel, where the Jezreel Valley meets the Jordan River Valley. This site is home to stunning Roman and Byzantine ruins, including well-preserved streets, bathhouses, and the Roman Theater, which still hosts events today. As you explore Beit Shean, take in the lush surroundings in addition to its religious sites, like the Basilica and the Coffins Cave. The best time to visit Beit Shean National Park is during the spring or fall seasons as the weather is milder and the landscape bursts with wildflowers. Join one of our unique Galilee tours and let an expert guide unveil cultural treasures.
7) Zippori National Park
Zippori National Park is a treasure trove of history, culture, and natural beauty. It’s a must-visit for nature lovers and history buffs. Nestled in northern Israel’s Lower Galilee region, right near Nazareth, this park is famous for its well-preserved Roman and Byzantine ruins. Explore the ancient Roman theater, synagogue, Crusader Castle, cactus garden, blooming wildflowers, and much more. If you’re hungry for more, consider joining one of our in-depth Nazareth Tours to discover the region’s top highlights, like this Galilee, Nazareth, River Jordan, and more tour.
8) Yarkon National Park
Yarkon National Park, located on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, offers a great escape from the bustling city. Often coined as the ‘Central Park’ of Israel, Yarkon Park promises a perfect blend of nature, history, and great photo opportunities. Tour lush gardens, enjoy scenic walking trails, and relax alongside the tranquil Yarkon River. A popular spot for picnics and family outings, Yarkon National Park also features sports facilities and paddleboat rentals. Discover the archeological site of Tel Afek, showcasing remnants from the Roman, Ottoman, and British periods. Check out our unique Tel Aviv tours, like this Best of Tel Aviv and Jaffa Walking Tour, to uncover more of the city’s enchanting charm.
9) Hula Valley Nature Reserve
Hula Valley Nature Reserve and Hula Lake are definitely worth the visit as they are migration stopovers for 500 million birds flying south for the winter! Hula Lake is located in one of the most valuable positions along the equator, making it the ideal rest stop for thousands of avian species needing a place to reenergize, drink water, and reconvene with their flocks. After visiting Hula Valley, stay in one of the best hotels in North Israel, and visit nearby cities of Safed, Meron, or Kiryat Shemona – just a half-hour’s drive away. Once in the north, you can also enjoy the many wonders of the Golan Heights, including Druze hospitality, hiking trails, and wineries.
10) Timna National Park
Want to experience an otherworldly escape? Look no further than Timna Park, one of Israel’s desert gems with terrain that will make you feel like you’re on Mars. Known for its rugged landscapes, the park boasts towering red-rock formations and ancient sandstone arches. Timna Park provides a wide range of activities, from hiking the picturesque trails to exploring Solomon’s Pillars – columns made of colossal sandstone that rise dramatically from the desert floor. To experience Timna Park at its best, plan your visit during the temperate spring and autumn months when the desert heat is more manageable.
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