As a country spanning two continents, Russia covers a lot of territory—in fact, it's the biggest country in the world. As such, the Russian Federation offers diverse traveling options for tourists, business guests and adventurers alike. The bustling industrial capital of Moscow, Russia's cultural and scientific hub, is a city burgeoning with architectural landmarks, museums and theaters. Hundreds of miles west, St. Petersburg is a city so rich in history that nearly every house is a museum. Other intrepid tourists can try mountain skiing in the Caucasus Mountains, fishing in the Volga delta, caviar sampling at some of Russia's finest restaurants, and even crossing to Alaska, Sweden or Japan by way of the Bering Straight, the Baltic Sea and La Pérouse Strait.
IMPERIAL DESIGNS The Kremlin
Built at the command of Peter I in the 18th century, this historic citadel has survived hundreds of years of wars, reigns and politics, and currently is home to the president of Russia. Visitors can tour the cathedrals, which house a number of religious artwork and artifacts, such as paintings, ceremonial czar's dress and traditional armories. Visit the official site at www.kreml.ru.
BOOK A ROOM Hotels in Moscow
Whether you came to see the Kremlin, the Choral Synagogue or one of Moscow's many other attractions, you'll need a retreat after a long day of sightseeing. To find your perfect accommodations, look over these reviews, ratings and room photos.
THE HISTORY OF ART State Hermitage Museum
One of the largest museums in the world, the Hermitage encompasses six buildings, including the historic Winter Palace, former home of many Russian czars. The museum houses more than three million works of art. Visit their site at www.hermitagemuseum.org