Syria never made the famous axis of evil, but I’d read way back when that Bush and company have long held deep suspicions of Syria. Perhaps for good reason, but let’s not get into politics here. Suffice it to say, Syria would be an interesting place to visit. If you need mer convincing of that fact, take a look at this piece on traveling Syria.
Outside Magazine’s Patrick Symms take a long gander at the country and finds it a fascinating place filled with deep religiosity and not just a few historically significant places. It is also a place that plays prominently into the current conflict in Iraq, Symms calls it “a kind of small-scale Cambodia to Iraq’s Vietnam”. The article does a fine job revealing the complexities of the country and is very much worth a read.