Viewing Russia in photos isn't as good as actually traveling to Eastern Europe's most eastern country, but photos can illustrate Russia's diverse travel destinations and culture.
© Aleksandr Anastasin
Russia is proud of its culture and traditions. Russian culture is colorful, enduring, and deeply embedded in the Russian collective consciousness. Russians are happy to share their culture with curious visitors.
Kerry Kubilius @copy; 2007, licensed to About.com
The variety of Russian souvenirs available is overwhelming. Souvenir craftsmanship can be highly detailed, and the best work of souvenir artists command increasingly high prices, so choose your souvenirs carefully.
Evgeny Itsikson © 2006
The Kremlin is a must-see for visitors to Moscow. Within the Kremlin walls are hundreds of years of Russian history. See the interior of cathedrals, visit the Armoury Museum, and walk in the footsteps of the tsars.
WorldWideImages © 2007
Besides Moscow, St. Petersburg is Russia's most-visited city - and, some say, its most beautiful. Cathedrals, monuments, palaces, and canals await the visitor to St. Petersburg, and those are just the sights. St. Petersburg also has a lively night life, a variety of restaurants, and plenty of visual and performing art centers.
Matyroshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls
come in all shapes and sizes and are painted in a variety of ways. This photo gallery gives some examples of matryoshka dolls that travelers may see in souvenir shops and markets in Russia.
Peterhof is a popular day trip from St. Petersburg. Its complex includes fountains, palaces, and gardens.
Russia's World Heritage Sites can be found in all corners of this vast country, from the Arctic North to Russia's border with Mongolia, from St. Petersburg to the Pacific Ocean. These photos represent some of Russia's most culturally, historically, and environmentally significant locations.
Red Square, the GUM Department Store, and other public places in Moscow are decorated for Christmas and New Year. This gallery shows some of Moscow's Christmas decorations.
CC BY-NC-ND Lyubov
Sochi is a Russian resort city that is slated to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Subtropical in climate and sandwiched between the Black Sea and the Caucusas Mountains, these photos illustrate why Sochi is a favorite spot for rest and relaxation.
CC BY Andrew®
The Moscow Metro stations have been likened to palaces, and each station capitalizes upon a theme that makes it special. Take a tour through the Moscow metro for an introduction to some of the most beautiful metro stations.