Tourist Tip #126 Sde Boker

Israel's first leader believed that cultivating the desert was the key to the country's future. When heading south, be sure to pay a visit to his beloved home in the heart of the Negev.

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister and one of its founding fathers, lived by his principles in a literal sense: He not only advocated the importance of "making the desert bloom," he relocated to the Negev and lived out his life doing just that. His home, Sde Boker, pays homage to its most famous resident and is an easy and rewarding stop when your travels in Israel take you south.