Russia is brimming with beautiful mountains, stunning beaches, vast deserts and ethnic villages to explore. However, many travelers often overlook the beauty of Russia, limiting their travel to obvious destinations like Moscow. Part of the reason for this is poor press coverage - the country hasn't invested a lot of time or effort into public relations to the tourism world. However, those interested in the nature and charm that exists within the mysterious space of the former Soviet Union should consider some of the following destinations when deciding where to visit. These 5 locations each have their own unique benefits and places to explore:
1. RuskealaRuskeala is a republic in the Northern-west part of Russia, known to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The natural sights here are breathtaking with plenty of waterfalls, lakes, and trees to explore. The biggest attraction in this area must be the mountain park, which offers visitors the chance to explore incredible marble canyons, a crystal-clear lake, and another underground water source. Visitors can go diving, hiking, or boating around the region.
2. Veliky NovgorodOften referred to as "Novgorod the Great" this unique region is home to one of the most well-known places in the country. In fact, this city is known as the birthplace of Russia. The city his highly historic, with a democracy that helped to launch a more unified Russia. Here, visitors will find the wooden architecture museum Vitoslav Litsi, as well as open-air exhibitions of Russian farmhouses perfect for those who love learning about history and agriculture.
3. KazanMore than a thousand years old, the city of Kazan has always been a lively place full of culture and unique experiences. The location balances between the cultures of Muslim and Russian Orthodox, meaning there's plenty of mosques and cathedrals to explore. One of the must-see landmarks of the space is the Soyembika Tower, named after the last queen of the city who was captured by Ivan the Terrible's gang during the 16th century. Visitors should take the time to sample the unique delicacies and dishes offered by this region before they return home.
4. Petropavlovsk-KamchatskyLocated on the stunning Kamchatka peninsula towards the eastern end of Russia, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is home to more than 100,000 people and it's also one of the best places to visit for tourists interested in seeing the rich nature that Russia has to offer. There are plenty of ecotourism attractions in this space for travelers to explore, including hikes around a local volcano, hunting and fishing trips, and sailing. The town is a great destination for foodies as it offers a range of delicacies like Kamchatka crabs.
5. Altai MountainsFinally, tourists on the search for views that they won't forget in a hurry will appreciate a trip to the Altai mountains. Otherwise known as the golden mountains, Altai is growing more popular of late, with hotels and resorts popping up around the region. Many of the hotels in this area offer their own hikes and guided tours to visitors, complete with stories about the history of the area designed to thrill customers as they explore. There are also plenty of other activities available too, such as fishing, sailing, kayaking and more. Spa treatments are common with special cedar barrel saunas and honey treatments. Russia is truly a beautiful country.
Ronn Torossian is the CEO and Founder of 5W Public Relations.