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The Allure: Sightseeing highlights include the ancient temples of Baalbek, the eighth-century Umayyad ruins of Anjar, and the wineries in the Bekáa Valley.
The Warning: Lebanon occupies the hot seat between Israel and Syria, and the State Department urges Americans to avoid all travel here. Hezbollah militants stage frequent roadblocks, and violence in Tripoli has claimed more than 30 lives since August 2008. Al-Qaeda is present in the country. Land mines and unexploded ordnance are rife in the south. The U.S. Embassy can’t promise you assistance if you need to be evacuated.
Go or No? Beirut’s comeback as the Paris of the Middle East was crippled by the 2006 war with Israel. We’ll postpone a visit until it once again becomes a safe, cosmopolitan destination, along with the rest of the country. If you feel differently, though, you can go with the Beirut company Wild Discovery.