There are always great reasons to visit Russia (after all, who wouldn’t want to experience the majesty of the cathedrals and the sweeping vistas in the mountains), but there are more reasons than ever to visit Russia in 2017. If you’re trying to decide where to go on vacation this year, why not consider Russia?
Here are ten reasons why Russia should make it to the top of your bucket list.
1. Currency Rate
At the time of writing (February, 2017), the currency rate in Russia is about 58 rubles to one U.S. dollar. This is a low value for the ruble, so Americans are at a financial advantage in Russia. Lucky you! Don’t go somewhere where the dollar loses value this year; travel to Russia instead, where you can get more for your dime.
2. Football (soccer)
As all sports fans know, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is going to be held in Russia this year! There are four cities that will be hosting the event: Kazan, St. Petersburg, Sochi, and Moscow. Take your pick of destinations, because they’re all great places to tour.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by Russia as well – a year after the Confederations Cup. If you are planning on traveling to Russia for the World Cup, I recommend you to take a look at my post about the cost of going to the 2018 World Cup.
Russia has a rich history. The narrative of Russia’s recent history and current events and in the words of newspapers and history books around the world, but Russia’s story goes back much further than that. Long before Russia made aerospace history with the launching of satellites and spaceships, it was a center of art, culture, and learning.
You can see Russia’s long love affair with architecture, art, and religion when you walk down old streets lined with beautiful old churches and educational centers. Even in prehistoric times, Russia made history. Ancient peoples settled in Russia and created their own cultures and lifestyles. If you want to learn about and engage in a long and fascinating history, Russia is the place to do it.
4. Nature’s Beauty
No matter what biome you like to enjoy, Russia almost certainly has it! From tropical beaches (No, but seriously!) to freezing steppes, Russia has it all. No matter how cold or remote, Russia’s natural world is beautiful. Russia supports a wide variety of outdoor activities you can enjoy in the midst of this beautiful nature, including hiking, skiing, and boating.
It’s no secret that Russia has some of the best architecture in the world. You couldn’t get away from it if you tried! St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow boats some of the most magically fantastic work of the Renaissance Era, the Cathedral of Saint Demetrius is a 12th century wonder of elegance in design and construction, and the Winter Palace is a display of abundant opulence.
Today, Russian architecture is less dramatic but no less impressive. From the White House to sports facilities, Russians build to impress.
Go out to eat in Russia, and you’ll have no end to the options you can find. Russia is the most wide-spread country in the world, so you’ll naturally have an extremely vast variety of dishes that vary from one place to the next.
Fish is a staple in many areas of Russia, and soups (both hot and cold) are widely enjoyed. Blini, a crepe-like breakfast food, is best when served with fresh local berries. And of course, I can’t forget to mention the mini meat pies (“belyashi” and “chebureki”) that are a favorite of many Russians.
7. The Refurbished Streets of Moscow
Moscow has recently undergone renovation in its infrastructure that make it an even better place to travel! If you visit Russia in 2017, you’ll discover that Moscow is a great place to be a pedestrian these days.
Tverskaya Ulitsa, one of the most significant historic streets in the heart of Moscow, was refurbished last year. The city government budget to spend almost US$2 billion for the street beautification and reconstruction works.
With a growing emphasis on the tourism industry, Russia is becoming more modernized in several ways that affect travel. Perhaps the most apparent is the transportation modes that are more widely available in 2017 than they have been in past decades. Come try it out for yourself!
9. World Records
Who doesn’t want to witness a world record? Well, you can see a really, really big world record if you travel to Russia. Russia’s Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world; its maximum depth is 1,642 m (5,387 ft). Can you imagine, in the winter you can even drive a vehicle on frozen Lake Baikal!
10. Adventurous Activities
There is no end to the adventure you can discover if you visit Russia in 2017! Want to do something totally fun and definitely crazy? Check out my other post for the top ten adventures things to do in Russia!
Have fun and enjoy your time in Russia!