Visitors usually have high expectations when exploring Russia, the largest country in the world. During the winter, Russia is a dark, barren place, but the spring and summer months are the perfect times for adventure. The country is filled with history and scenic views, but these three sites are essential for tourists tackling Russia for the first time:
Valley Of Geysers
The Valley of Geysers is a relatively new phenomenon for Russia’s tourists – the region was not discovered until 1941. Located in the Kamchatka Peninsula, this is the second biggest collection of geysers on earth. The Valley is not just popular among tourists, it is a place of great significance for scientists as well. On any given day, you might find just as many researchers as adventures taking in the geysers. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to see the geysers simultaneously go up in smoke!
Mount Elbrus is part of the Caucasus Mountain Range, located in Southern Russia. It is considered the highest peak of this mountain range, and is currently an inactive volcano. While the view might sound exciting enough, tourists are invited to scale the mountain. A system of cable cars makes it possible for tourists to travel more than 12,000 feet up the side of Elbrus. This is one of the seven highest summits on earth, making it an extremely popular tourist destination.
Regarded by many as the number one destination in Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway has more history than any other landmark in the country. The Railway was constructed in 1891, and it runs all the way from Moscow to Vladivostok, which borders North Korea and China. This is not just a sight-seeing experience – adventurers can still ride the Tsar’s Gold Private train, which is a luxury line that has been running for more than 100 years. Known as the route of the tsars, tourists populate this railway today.