Russia, although divided into a number of regions, is the biggest country in the world by far, and for international travelers, is a fantastic place to travel to experience another culture, atmosphere, and the wide range of both laid throughout this wide land. There are quite a lot of different things to experience within these borders, from the capitol city of Moscow in the West, all the way to Siberia in the East, spanning from Asia to Europe, and everywhere in between.
Moscow and St. Petersburg are both great locales to begin with if you are looking to explore the towns and attractions, and observe more of the cultured aspects of Russian civilization, being two of the most bustling cities in the country. In Moscow, you may go to Red Square or the Kremlin, and one of the most breathtaking locations in the whole city, St. Basil’s Cathedral, which is instantly recognizable, and was erected in 1555, housed at the geological center of the city, in the midst of Red Square itself.
Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible, the Cathedral was unique for its era, and the central structure is surrounded by ten additional towers, the last of which was built atop the burial site of St. Basil himself, and in its entirety, the complex was intended to resemble a bonfire, with flames stretching up into the heavens as a symbol of power. Other notable locales that are worth seeing in Moscow include the Bolshoi Theater, the Lenin Mausoleum, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, each with rich cultural significance and vibrant history to keep you and your fellow tourists extremely busy during your travels.
During their stay, tourists with legal Russian visas should also go to the former capitol, St. Petersburg, which has been home to a number of Tsars in the past and acts as a cultural hotspot, and is also known as the Venice of the North, housing many museums, including the State Hermitage Museum on the bank of the River Neva, which is full of unique treasures that’ll keep travelers entertained. In order to avoid missing out on a few of the hidden gems housed within, even though it would take weeks to traverse the full length of the museum, full of vast wings, each with its own individual significance, including the Winter Palace of Peter I, you should organize your trip accordingly.
Taking in one of the most historically significant countries across the globe, and getting a glimpse at its history fist hand, anyone with US passports should really put out the effort to visit Russia and explore all of its majesty.