Moscow and St. Petersburg are obvious travel destinations, especially for the first-time traveler to Russia. But what about other cities and towns in Russia? They're worth visiting, too! Russia's cities and towns all have their own personalities and will make their particular marks on your travel memories.
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Moscow has long been the heart of Russia. With the Kremlin, Lenin's body, and the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow represents Russia's place in history and the world.
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St. Petersburg is Russia's "window to the West." Built by Peter the Great in the 18th century, this Russian city is full of beautiful architecture, lively entertainment, and spectacular art. If you find Moscow too gritty, St. Petersburg might be your best alternative.
Sochi is a Black Sea resort city in the southern part of Russia. It has been designated the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Yaroslavl celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2010. This city has a preserved historic core that allows visitors to envision what old Russia was like.
Rostov-on-Don is located on the Don River. Beloved by Russia's past literary and artistic greats, Rostov-on-Don has a rich cultural heritage.
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Pereslavl-Zalessky is home to a church that is over 800 years old, and its founding and development are connected with such figures as Andrei Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky, and Peter the Great.
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On Russia's Golden Ring, Rostov Veliky achieved medieval greatness, which lives on in its moniker. Today it's home to a kremlin complex that attracts regular visitors.
Separated from the rest of Russia by Poland, Kaliningrad is a naval port on the Baltic Sea. It was taken from Germany by Russia in WWII.
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Sergiev Posad is one of Russia's holiest cities. Its monastery was founded by Russia's patron saint in the 14th century and is a famous pilgrimage site outside of Moscow. Its association with toy making and matryoshka doll-making are also draws for visitors who can see its Toy Museum or purchase souvenirs made right in the city.