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Russia’s vast landmass encompasses icy Siberian wastelands, glacier-capped mountains, sprawling forests, deep lakes and beach resorts. The imperial splendor of its cities is only part of the urban story. Today, they are places rich with galleries, museums and nightlife.
In the west of the country sits Moscow, a prosperous modern city with breathtaking architecture. Stroll around Red Square and tour the Kremlin, a fortified complex containing churches, palaces and Russia’s parliament. Venture inside St. Basil’s Cathedral, famous for its onion-shaped multicolored domes. See the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the first head of the Soviet Union, inside the Lenin Mausoleum. Book a ticket to see a ballet or opera performance at the Bolshoi Theater. Tour some of the 119 hectares (294 acres) of the centrally located Gorky Park, where you can enjoy a picnic or join in a game of volleyball in summer and hit the ice skating rink in winter.
See some of the countryside from Moscow north to St. Petersburg on a train journey; the high-speed Sapsan train covers the 435 miles (700 kilometers) in just under 4 hours. St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of the country. Appreciate hundreds of years of western art at the Hermitage, a museum that holds more than 3 million artifacts. Go on a sightseeing tour of the city by cruising along its canals.
Many Russians take their vacations on the Black Sea Coast, home to numerous beaches and resorts. The largest resort region is Sochi, stretching for about 90 miles (144 kilometers) along the coast. Flanked by the Caucasus Mountains it is also a ski destination in the winter and hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Russia’s vast wilderness and diverse landscapes offer seemingly countless outdoor activities. Hike up the volcanic peaks of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east. Walk along the shores of Siberia’s Lake Baikal and explore the forests and lakes of Paanajärvi National Park, a wilderness area near the border with Finland.
For a fascinating travel experience, take an epic trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway in the world. One of the most popular routes is from Moscow to Beijing, a week-long journey that passes through huge swathes of wilderness and by remote villages of little wooden houses.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ezhi Monument, Mega Khimki Mall, and Arena Khimki. Rodina Stadium and Chayka Culture Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Balashikha, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Balashikha Museum of History and Local Lore and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Malenky Puppet Theater. Reutov Museum of History and Local Lore and Zheleznodorozhny Museum of Local Lore are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Tverskoy, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Bolshoi Theatre. Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This grand 12-floor hotel with an ornate façade is situated just 150 meters from Red Square. It has panoramic views from its rooftop across the square and to the Kremlin, which is 400 meters away.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Ezhi Monument, Mega Khimki Mall, and Chayka Culture Palace. Arena Khimki and Rodina Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Luxury hotel comprised of two renovated 19th century buildings, set on St. Petersburg's main boulevard, Nevsky Prospect.
Opened in 2005, this city center hotel is housed in a restored, handsome 19th century building, typical of old St. Petersburg.
This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located on a river, within 1 mi (2 km) of Russian White House, Moscow Zoo, and Embassy of the United States of America. Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km).