Russia’s interesting places are scattered across the vast country. While traveling and sightseeing Russia, you may get an opportunity to learn Russian which will help you communicate better with the locals. Where to go and what to see may depend on the area you will be staying. Some parts of the country are the most visited compared to others.
Visit a travel agent
Due to the nature of the job, a travel agent is in a better position to know more about interesting places in Russia. The agent can suggest extra places to visit and how long to stay at each suggested place. They can volunteer information to help you with your search for interesting places in Russia. In addition, a travel agent can steer you in the right direction by advising you about places you see in websites.
Enquire at your hotel
The hotel staff may also help you in finding interesting places in Russia. You can learn more about the places you want to visit. Get more information from the hotel staff about other places to know which interests you the most and add to your existing list.
Free travel brochures are available in airports, hotels and travel agents. Brochures help in locating places in the area you are staying. You can choose many brochures since they may provide varying information on the different places to visit in Russia. The brochures will be good as English language references if you don’t learn Russian.
Technology gadgets can also help in finding interesting places in Russia. You can use Google maps by entering the required information such as city or an address.
The Internet has tons of information about interesting places in Russia. Go on the Internet and research websites including Lonely Planet, Frommer, WikiTravel and Fodor websites. Not only can you find interesting places, but also learn about the tours, background information and getting around.
Visit the Russia National Tourism Office web page
This website has an “Excursions" tab. Click on the tab to look at the list of excursions. Choose sites that you would like to visit. You can research more on the excursions you view on the web page for detailed information.
Tips for finding interesting places in Russia
1. Stroll along the streets of where you are staying. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to discover interesting places on your own.
2. Don’t be afraid to stray into the side streets as well. You can find tourist areas, shops, restaurant and bars for more information.
3. Learn Russian if you will be looking for interesting places especially without a guide. Understand at least basic phrases and words. Learn some basic signs as well. You may not find a lot of English-speakers.
4. Always carry a map of the local area with you while looking for interesting places on your own. In addition, don’t forget the name of hotel you are staying as well as contact information.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to explore and let yourself have a great time!