Russia is a vast nation and the most Eastern of the Eastern European countries. It spans two continents and 11 time zones. Large cities, miles of rural landscapes, forests, steppe, mountains, and even taiga make up its area. Its capital, Moscow
, is one of its most popular travel destinations, followed by its "second" capital, St. Petersburg
. However, visitors to Russia don't have to limit their exploration of this culturally and historically rich country to these two cities - river cruises and an extensive rail system enable travelers to see much more of Russia.