Since the start of the violence, Algeria is not much of a tourist destination. Very few travels still head south over the big routes through the Sahara. These routes were always the main travel attraction, although Algeria has a lot more to offer. Some of the finest Roman ruins in the world, old Arabic cities, good beaches. If things clear up a bit, you should definitely consider going there. A stay in the country will make it easy to understand why the French wanted to stay there so desperately.
You can encounter a wide variety of landscapes in Algeria: desert, meadows, dunes, sahara, oasises, forests, oueds to name a few. There is also more than 750 Miles of coasts and beaches.