By Aimee Heckel
Whether you celebrate Easter religiously or not, organizing an Easter vacation can be educational and entertaining — and give you insight into culture and history.
From holy relics to holy cities to beautiful churches, here are some of our favorite travel destinations to include on your Easter getaway:
1. Visit beautiful and unique churches.
NBC lists the 10 most beautiful churches in the world. Topping the list: The very unique and quirky Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Norway. This wooden church, built in 1180, is famous for being built using wooden notches and grooves instead of nails. Norway has nearly 30 Middle Age, wooden churches still standing.
Tips: Check out the exhibits in the visitors center. The church is easy to reach via bus, or for more adventure, rent a bike in Laedral and ride to your destination.
Of course, right? Make it an Easter you won’t forget in Vatican City. Walk through St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the Catacombs and participate in Rome’s annual Good Friday procession. This Catholic tradition starts at the Colosseum and finishes at Mount Palatino, complete with a re-enactment of the stations of the cross.
3. If you are Christian or open-minded about the idea, consider a faith-based excursion. Many companies offer Christian-based tours and vacation packages. Check the Christian Travel Finder for a list of different options, such as the Footsteps of Paul tour, where you trace the footsteps of Apostle Paul throughout Greece. On this tour, you will visit Patmos Island, where Apostle John is said to have written the Book of Revelation.
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Photo of Borgund Stave Church, courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.