Inspired by the Olympics? Here are some tips for travel to Russia
By Aimee Heckel
The powder. The mountains. The Olympics can inspire viewers to get active and explore the world.
Even if you’re not necessarily daydreaming of a fantasy vacation in Sochi, per se, the Olympics have opened more eyes to the beauty of Russia.
Here are some of our favorite ways to explore Russia on a vacation:
1. Visit the Red Square.
This bustling heart of Moscow is the official home of the President. Visit the historic merchant quarter, and don’t forget your camera. The beautiful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral are one of the most famous images of Russia.
2. Watch the Bolshoi Ballet.
This is one of the world’s oldest ballet companies, and one of the most renowned. Check the schedule of performances here. On stage right now is one of our classic favorites, “Giselle.” Come March, the famous “Don Quixote.”
3. Visit Gorky Park.
This is Moscow’s most famous park, packed with rides, history, roller coasters, beautiful gardens, a woodland and plenty of other attractions. This park is situation along the Moscow River.
4. Explore Moscow’s museums.
The city is full of rich museums — something for every interest. Among our favorites: the Moscow Kremlin museum, the State Historical Museum for history buffs, the Institute of Russian Realist Art for art-lovers and the dramatic State Tretyakov Gallery.
Make sure you check the government’s website for travel advisories to keep yourself safe. Although you don’t need any specific vaccinations to fly there, the US Department of State does have a travel advisory in Russia right now, in light of the Olympics. Avoid large crowds and know the laws. In Russia, it’s a crime to promote GLBT equality in public — punishable of a fine of up to $3,100, 14 days in jail and possible deportation.
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