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Question for people who have travelled a lot in Russia

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1. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I am hoping that someone on here can tell me of some really picturesque places in Russia (for Nature purposes not buildings, museums etc). Like really picturesque waterfalls, nice lakes in amongst mountains, isolated canyons that are really beautiful etc. So for people who have travelled a lot in Russia (not just to St Petersburg and Moscow) or have been somewhere in Russia that really sticks out as picturesque apart from Moscow and St Petersburg, can you please let me know.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

I haven't travelled that much in Russia, but I heard that the cruise from St. Pete's to Moscow is nice.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I liked the area around Tobolosk (very Westen edge of Siberia) and there are some great scenic areas within an hour or two of both Krasnoyarsk and Ulan Ude. Altai republic and much of the Steppes area North of Mongolia and China, and though remote and samey, much of the area between Chita and Kharbarovsk had a huge attraction for me, though it is more wilderness scenery than jaw droppingly beautiful.

The whole of the Lake Baikal area (though obviously it's more touristy), especially if you get away from Listvyanka and up to the Northern parts is great. But inless you are going waaay out to the extremities, which is difficult at best, much of Russia is reasonably flat, so huge canyons and waterfalls aren't so much in evidence.

Having said that, Kamchatka is apparently absolutely incredible, though i've not - yet - been. Sakhalin is not far short of that, but again (sadly), i've not yet been.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

Having said that, Kamchatka is apparently absolutely incredible, though i've not - yet - been. Sakhalin is not far short of that, but again (sadly), i've not yet been.

Aha!!!!!!!!!!;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 26, 2007, at 11:53 AM by Utrecht ]

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Thanks for your suggestiosn so far. Keep anymore coming.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Aha!!!!!!!!!!

That took a bit of time, but no. It's not what your thinking. Kamchatka is admittedly pencilled in to follow ********** , though is a tricky one (logistically) for a non flyer.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli

Aha!!!!!!!!!!

That took a bit of time, but no. It's not what your thinking. Kamchatka is admittedly pencilled in to follow ********** , though is a tricky one (logistically) for a non flyer.

uhm, yes, I didn't bother to guess I guess....
But tricky meaning: no boats at all?

8. Posted by snoezepoes (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

I can suggest Kizhi and the Golden Ring (not that much Sergiev Posad, but Suzdal, Rostov Veliky, Kostroma, Yaroslavl). That's not that far as Baikal or Kamchatka, but very nice old wooden architecture, country side landscape with geese, cows etc., some amazing monasteries and kremlins (moscow kremlin looks really boring afterwards)
you can get some idea here: http://foto.inbox.lv/dashenka/Petrozavodsk (Kizhi)
http://foto.inbox.lv/dashenka/Golden_Ring

But for nature, definately lake Baikal...Altaj mountains, Tjan Shan, Pamir, Caucasus (much of it is not in Russia any more). Again I have not been there yet myself, but my mom studied Geography during the Soviet times and I have seen lots of her diopositives (pics you can show on a wall) from those times...

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 30, 2007, at 1:20 AM by snoezepoes ]