Saudi Arabia is, for non-Arabs, one of the hardest countries in the world to get into, so you’ll need to do a lot of research and legwork to get a visa. Hurdles to entry aside, Saudi Arabia is a wonderfully surprising place to visit. This country is much more complex and beautiful than any news story you’ve seen or read lately would have you believe. Many visitors from the Arab region come to ... read more
complete a pilgrimage to the numerous holy sites throughout the country, including the mosques of Mecca and Medina. But from exploring the unimaginably large swaths of golden dessert, to scuba diving through crystal clear water to view ancient wrecks and colorful aquatic life, to visiting historic cities that have remained well preserved for centuries, Saudi Arabia has all of the mysteries and contrasts to peak the interest of any traveler, religious or not. Must-sees include Mada'in Saleh, a site with tombs carved into cliffs by the same kingdom that built neighboring Jordan’s famed Petra, and Najran, a former caravan stop that still boasts fascinating culture and history in one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the country. Even the wildlife, like the graceful Arabian oryx, and the hospitable Bedouin people are highlights in this astounding country.