Muscat, Oman

In this low-rise gem between the Arabian Gulf and scenic mountains, your first impression will likely be from the Sultanate of Oman’s beautiful main palace, but there is a great deal more to Muscat.

Forts Mutrah, Jalali and Mirani guard Muscat’s entrance, and once ashore you’ll wonder which direction to explore in. Maybe start with the pink marble Zawawi Mosque and its gilded dome.