Prepare to be awed. There's more to Jordan's most famous desert than vast expanses of sand, though the undulating dunes are certainly mesmerizing. T.E. Lawrence fell in love with Wadi Rum and built a house here; in addition, much of Lawrence of Arabia, the movie of his life, was filmed in the area. The sandstone cliffs that striate the desert are colored in various reds and oranges that seem to change hues with the sun. The rocks have been sculpted by millennia of wind and other natural elements into massive bridges and towering canyons, as well as shapes that resemble anything from alligators to ostrich heads.
To get the most out of your visit to the desert sign on for a horseback or four-wheel-drive tour; treks of a half-day, full-day, or longer can be arranged. For a truly unforgettable experience, make sure to plan an overnight in the desert at a Bedouin camp. The sunsets over the rocks are stunning. Wadi Rum is 300 km (186 miles) south of Amman, 100 km (62 miles) south of Petra, and 50 km (31 miles) north of Aqaba.