When thinking about places to travel, Russia doesn’t tend to be high on most travelers lists. In most cases, tourists avoid it due to the weather or because they aren’t aware of what attractions Russia has to offer. However, if you’re willing to brave colder conditions (or travel during the country’s summer period), there are plenty of must see destinations when visiting Russia.
Located in Siberia, this former diamond mine used to produce over 10 million carats of diamonds per year; and this open pit is so large, helicopters are banned from flying over it (due to the possibility of being sucked into the mine).
Kizhi Island is the epitome of wooden architecture. One of the most familiar landmarks from this region is the Transfiguration Church. This structure features 22 domes, is 37 meters tall, and is entirely made of wood (no nails).
This historic theatre is considered one of the greatest in the world and offers performances for both ballet and opera.
The Russian Train
If you love trains, you can’t miss the Trans-Siberian Railway. This massive railway travels from Moscow and crosses over into Asia, finally making its way to the Port of Vladivostok at the Pacific Ocean; or the equivalent of 5,700 miles (or 9,200 kilometers).
Moscow is a must stop for any Russian traveler, offering both magnificence and history all in one place. Typically most tourists will stop at Kremlin and Red Square first (a former market and execution yard), where it is still part of the center of Moscow life.