- Peshawar - the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Peshawar is also the cultural center of the region, as well as the focal point of Pashtun culture. The city was also the birthplace of the Taliban and is in the midst of an ideological struggle between moderates and extremists.
- Abbottabad - a military garrison city, obtaining it's infamy as the place where Usama bin Ladin had been hiding for much of the time following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan until his death during a raid on bin Ladin's compound by U.S. Navy Seals.
- Dera Ismail Khan
Other destinations 
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa offers invitation to a spectacular landscape and cultural diversity. Peshawar is the business and administrative hub of province though other cities have their places. Some of the tourist’s hotspots include Khyber pass, old interior city, industrial estate famous for smuggled goods, Islamia College, Peshawar fort, (KisaKhawani) story teller bazaar. Its food street is famous for barbecued sheep meat as well as karahi meat.
The Khyber Pass leads into Afghanistan. There are very amenable people in this area, especially in the mountains in Shandoor, Kalash regions. The province has an area of 28,773 mi² or (74,521 km²) - comparable in size to New England in the United States.
Pashto and Hindko are the predominant languages in the region. Pashto is mostly spoken in rural areas and Hindko in urban areas. Many people also speak Urdu and English.
Get in 
Prior permission from the Pakistani government is required before non-Pakistanis can travel to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa given the poor security situation in the region. Such permission, known as a No Objection Certificate (NOC), must be obtained from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. Failure to obtain an NOC and attempting to enter Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could result in arrest.
By air 
Peshawar International Airport (PEW) is located about a 25 minute drive from the center of Peshawar, it is the 4th busiest airport in Pakistan. It is served by all Pakistan carriers including national flag carrier "PIA". Moreover, many Middle East airlines also serve this airport, such as Emirates, Etihad, Gulf, Kuwait and Qatar airlines.
Peshawar airport has international direct flights to Al Ain, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Jeddah, Kabul, Muscat, Kuwait and Riyadh. The connections to/from other Asian, European and American cities are available VIA Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad airports. The domestic flights to/from Peshawar Airport are Chitral, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.
By train 
There are currently no passenger trains from Landi Kotal in the Khyber Pass.
By bus 
Buses and minibuses run to many parts of the country from here.
- Daewoo, , operates the most luxurious services to Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Abbottabad and Lahore (Rs 600, 6.5 hours).
By Road 
Peshawer is connected with Islamabad via Motorway M-1 and via national highway N-5
Get around 
By Bus, Car, Train
- Bala Hisar Fort
- Burj Hari Singh - Sikh fort founded by Sikh General Sardar Hari Singh Nalwa (no longer exists)
- Panch Tirath - An ancient Hindu site now converted into a park
- Sikh Temple at Jogan Shah
- Gor Khuttree - An ancient site of Buddha's alms or begging bowl. Headquarter of Syed Ahmad Shaheed, Governor Avitabile
- Pakhtu Academy - The site of an ancient Buddhist University
- Shah Ji Ki Dheri - The site of Kanishka's famous Buddhist monastery.
- Chowk Yadgar - Formerly Hastings memorial
- Cunningham clock tower built in 1900. Called Ghanta Ghar
- Avitabile's Pavilion
- Victoria memorial Hall
Bazar of Peshawer Beauty of Swat & Kaghan Valley & Chitral
In the summertime hiking tours to the mountains are offered. Ask at Green Tours in front of the Greens Hotel, Peshawar Cantt, and Pearl Tours of the Pearl Continental Hotels. This can also be done by hiring a car, jeep or pickup from local 'Rent-a-Car' servicing private agencies at a very cheap rate ranging from US$20-US$60 per day, depending upon the condition of the vehicle. (the prices r correct as at June 30, 2006-maslampsh)
- Chappal Kabab, a beef kebab shaped like the sole of a sandal is most famous dish of Peshawar. Several famous kabab selling shops are around. Information about them can be obtained from the travel agents or local hotels and guides.
- The restaurants in *Namak Mandi serve marvellous tikka and karai. Meat is ordered by the kilogram, and then prepared according to your preference, either as tikka (barbecued) or as karai (an oil-rich stew with tomato and chili).
- Faluda, a sweet dish mainly found on the Peshawar markets and bazaars especially Qisa-Khwani Bazaar.
- Peshawar is known for its Kawa (Green Tea) which has a unique flavor, and is usually served sweet.
- Sharbat-e-Sandal is a sweet, non-carbonated drink unusually found in markets in summer. It has a good taste and a yellowish-green transparent colour - look out for the black seeds. Served ice cold.
Stay safe 
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is an exceptionally dangerous area given the presence of al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban. Terror attacks and political assassinations are a common occurrence in the region. Between 2007 and 2012, there were a recorded 186 suicide attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than the total number of suicide attacks in all other areas of Pakistan.
The towns bordering tribal areas are not considered particularly safe, as well as the Afghan-Pakistan border regions, as the Pakistan government has little to no authority in these areas and cannot aid you in an emergency. You should always seek information about off-limits areas before traveling to this region. Prior permission from the Pakistani government is required before non-Pakistanis can travel to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa given the poor security situation in the region. Such permission, known as a No Objection Certificate (NOC), must be obtained from the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. Failure to obtain an NOC and attempting to enter Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could result in arrest.