If you haven’t been there, the word “Pakistan” may not evoke images of jagged, snow-capped mountains and warm, turquoise beaches. And that’s a shame. Because this South Asian nation seldom visited by Americans is one of the most staggeringly beautiful places on the planet. With cities full of colorful mosques and colonial-era streets, a sparsely developed coastline and some of the tallest peaks in the world, Pakistan is worth every bit of effort it takes to get there.
Once there, you’ll find the scenery is complemented by equally charming people, more welcoming to Americans than anywhere I’ve been in the world. And in getting to know them, you get to know the true beauty of the country, beyond the natural and artificial wonders you’ll find in the locations that follow.