1. Riyadh:

The capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh is an intriguing mix of modern architecture and ancient sites. The King Abdulaziz Historical Center, with the magnificent Masmak Fortress, offers insights into the country’s past, while the towering Kingdom Centre and Al Faisaliyah Centre showcase its modern aspirations. The Edge of the World, just outside the city, presents a natural spectacle, offering panoramic views of the endless desert landscapes.

2. Mecca:

Undeniably the holiest city in Islam, Mecca welcomes millions of pilgrims annually for Hajj. The iconic Masjid al-Haram surrounds the Kaaba, a cuboid structure that Muslims around the world face during prayers. Note: Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter Mecca.

3. Medina:

Another significant city in Islam, Medina is home to the Prophet’s Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. The Green Dome covers Prophet Muhammad’s tomb. Like Mecca, access is restricted to Muslims only.

4. Jeddah:

A cosmopolitan city on the Red Sea coast, Jeddah is known for its modern resorts, historical districts like Al-Balad, and the stunning Corniche. It’s also the gateway for pilgrims traveling to Mecca and Medina.

5. Al-Ula:

Famous for the archaeological site, Al-Ula boasts the Nabatean ruins of Al-Hijr (Madain Salih), a UNESCO World Heritage site. With tombs carved into rose-red mountains and surrounded by a vast desert landscape, it's reminiscent of Jordan's Petra.

6. Abha:

Located in the Asir Province, Abha is renowned for its pleasant climate and mountainous landscapes. The Asir National Park, with its dense juniper forests, and the hanging village of Habala are must-visits.

7. Taif:

Another mountainous region, Taif is known for its cool climate, fragrant rose gardens, and historical sites. The Shubra Palace, which now functions as a museum, offers glimpses of the town's rich history.

8. Red Sea Coast:

Not just Jeddah, but the entire Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia is gaining popularity for its untouched coral reefs and clear blue waters, making it a diver’s paradise.