Top 10 places to explore in Russia 

Russia is home to some of the most beautiful attractions in the world. From top-tier cities to glacier-capped mountains, Russia is an exquisite international travel destination for adventurers.  Whether you’re wandering through the prairies of Mongolia or exploring the cultural sites of the Kremlin, here are 10 must-see places in Russia.

1. Mount Elbrus

Located in Southern Russia, Elbrus is a famous hiking and trekking destination. Once an active volcano, this peak of the Caucasus Mountain Range attracts thousands of mountaineers eager to explore its hidden paths. And if you can’t climb the  18,510 feet to the summit, you can always enjoy the view to the top with the cable car ride.

2. Valley of Geysers

The Valley of Geysers is the world’s 2nd largest field of geysers. Since its discovery in 1941, it has been a top Russian attraction. The Valley is a 3.7-mile-long geyser field with geysers, hot springs, and many other natural wonders. It is definitely a good reason to visit the Kamchatka Peninsula.

3. Kizhi Island

Famous for its open-air museum, Kizhi Island is located in northwestern Russia, in Karelia, close to Finland, and the White Sea. Karelian culture dates back to the 13th century. Their customs and traditions have been perfectly preserved. You must visit the museum at all cost. Also, don’t miss out on the 120-foot-high “Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior” and its famous 22 domes.

Kizhi Island amazes with its authentic wooden houses, century-old chapels, barns, and windmills. Here, folk assemblies and craft demonstrations give the impression of a voyage back in time.

4. Lake Baikal

Russia’s signature natural attraction, Lake Baikal, is the oldest and deepest lake on Earth. Lake Baikal is a strategic asset for Russia, bearing 20% of the planet’s natural reserve of fresh water. It is also a natural wonder of great beauty that is more than 25 million years old. You understand why some call it the ‘Pearl of Siberia”.

5. Suzdal

Suzdal was once a major capital for various Russian principalities. Right now, this traditional town is the “Golden Ring” of Russia’s ancient cities. Suzdal is one of the few Russian cities that look just like in the 12th century. This architectural “open-air museum” is breathtaking. Explore the array of Kremlins, monasteries, and cathedrals. Experience life in 1024 at least for a few minutes.

6. The Kremlin

A visit to Russia would be incomplete without seeing its most outstanding attraction. The Kremlin homes the President and features top governmental offices. But tourists come to see the 4 superb cathedrals and various notable museums behind the Kremlin’s walls. Open to the public, tourists have access to the Armory that houses Russia’s royal treasures and incredible collection of jewelry.

7. Hermitage Museum

Located in St. Petersburg,  the Hermitage Museum was built in the 18th century. Russia’s most renowned art and culture museum has a collection of about 3 million items from around the world. The striking collections take up a massive complex of 6 historic buildings, including the acclaimed Winter Palace.

8. St. Basil’s Cathedral

Built in the 16th century, St. Basil’s Cathedral is in the heart of Russia’s capital: Moscow. This imposing sacred place is a top attraction, not just for its exterior architecture, but also for its interior artifacts and historical background.

9. Novgorod

If you’re traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow, you’ll pass through Novgorod. Stop for a few minutes, and admire this town’s historic appeal. In fact, it is one of the oldest in Russia and used to be a leading cultural and political center.

10. Vladivostok

Some people have never heard of Vladivostok, probably because of its remote location. In fact, Vladivostok is close to China, and Japan, on the Pacific Ocean. This picturesque port is one of Russia’s most beautiful cities. Though the access isn’t easy, the views and the scene make it worth the trouble.

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Edward Francis is a regular travel blogger who writes here on behalf of!