Top 5 short day trips from Riyadh

If you are living in Riyadh and have not paid a visit to any of the following 5 short day trips, you have wasted your time. You can go to any of the following places on a weekend for a short day trip from Riyadh.

  1. Edge of the World

The famous Edge of the World is extremely similar to the Grand Canyon located in the United States of America. It is a perfect spot for adventurists regardless of the fact if you are a veteran rock climber or a rookie tourist. The vastness of the cliffs and valley will guarantee a breathtaking view of the skyline.

Visitors can stop over at Acacia Valley, which is dotted with good picnic spots and various butterflies, dragonflies and birds. During the extreme summer months, the place goes dry but has lush greenery throughout the rest of the year. As it is located near to Riyadh, you can plan to visit this place on a short-day trip.

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  1. The Heet Cave

Located on the side of the Mount Jubayl, just out of the Alkharj Road at the Wadi Sulay, there is a cave which shelters a lake underground. The locals also refer to Heet Cave as “Ain” due to its eye-shaped opening and it is a perfect spot for a short day trip from Riyadh.

All the visitors can take a dive into the crystal-clear waters; however, it is strongly advised that all those with no experience, equipment or professional training should refrain from diving into the deeper sides as there are no lifeguards on duty. The Heet Cave is open all year round as it is sheltered from the blistering desert heat.

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  1. The Diplomatic Quarter

There are several starting points to the diplomatic quarter trails, however, it is best to start from Starbucks as it is will provide a straight trail to the end to the Kindi Plaza. The diplomatic quarter trails offer a unique and beautiful nature experience and are completely safe for the families and therefore, many people living in Riyadh plan to go there on a short day trip.

 The trail is mostly contained inside the grounds of the Diplomatic Quarter, however, some of it stretches right to the borderline of the Wadi Hanifa. Visitors can stop over at any small park or the Tuwaiq Palace Gardens located on the way to the trail. Each stop has a unique attraction.

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  1. The Thumama National Park

The Thumama National Park is an adventure, camping, and heritage all rolled into one amazing attraction. You can drive off to Thumama and have some off-road fun. You can indulge in kite flying, horseback riding, flying and RVs.

A designated area is available for campers to rent out tents and enjoy barbeque outdoors. Visitors can visit the mountainside, or the valleys located in the area and see old houses and historical tools which makes it a perfect place for a short day trip from Riyadh.

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  1. Hanifa Valley and Al Diriyah

Visitors can either start off their trip by hiking around the Hanifa Valley during the time of the day that the weather is still bearable and safe to be outdoors in. Once done the visitors can head on out to Al Diriyah and go exploring the historical sites.

All those interested in historical architecture must visit Al Diriyah as they have successfully preserved quite a bit of their ancient architecture or the Old Riyadh as it was once known. This is probably one of the most favorite short-day trip destinations of people living in Riyadh.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.