When I was in 6th grade, I learned about Petra, a 2,300-year-old city in southern Jordan carved out of rock. It amazed me. When I was 22, I had the marvelous opportunity to visit Petra and it absolutely lived up to my 11-year-old dreams of beauty, innovation and wonder (click here to read a blog post about my experience there).
Without the incredible carved edifices, this location would be a beautiful one (think Southern Utah). Add in such beautiful architecture created using nothing but hand tools and ladders and this place is really something.