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Spectacular Drone Photos Catch Famous Places 'The Way They Were Designed To Be Seen'

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Travel

Who needs a helicopter tour when you've got a drone? This stunning photo series from photographer Amos Chapple features crystal-clear images of buc...

Enough with the Sochi horror stories already

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
Jason Stanford

We thought the big controversies in the Sochi Winter Olympics would be toothpaste terrorism or government-sanctioned homophobia. Then the press tried ...

12 Sochi Olympics Facts to Impress Your Friends

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

The Olympics is now an out-of-this-world occurrence, too. For the first time, the Olympic torch has traveled out of the Earth's orbit, onto the International Space Station, and into the vacuum of space. (Unlit, of course.)

Do You Dare?

Posted 01.30.2014 | Travel

Nope, it's not the Eiffel Tower. No, not the London Eye. Not even Big Ben... well, you probably knew it wasn't Big Ben. Europe's tallest freestandi...

10 Old Olympic Venues You Can Still Visit

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.30.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

So, you didn't get a ticket to Sochi this winter. Not to worry, sports fans: There are still plenty of sites used in Olympic Games that are open to visitors.

This Is One Extreme Hotel

The Huffington Post | Katelyn Mullen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

If resting your head in an unconventional hotel has found its way to your 2014 bucket list, get ready to cross one off already. You'll just need to...

The World's Oldest And Deepest Lake Is Really Pretty When It's Frozen

Posted 11.22.2013 | Travel

There's a lake in Russia you may have heard of that happens to be the world's oldest (25 million years, thank you) and deepest (1,700 meters to be exa...

Travel With The Olympic Torch

Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

Monday kicked off the 39,000-mile trek the Olympic Torch will make across Russia before kicking off the Games on February 7. We were curious to s...

World's Most Beautiful Museums

Budget Travel | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

There's nothing like a relaxing afternoon spent basking in the glory of world-famous paintings and sculptures -- not to mention picking up a keepsake in the museum shop. Here, our favorite collections of art, and suggestions for must-see masterpieces and gift-shop grabs.

Market Scenes in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

While St. Petersburg has lots of earthshaking turnstile sights, simply visiting a neighborhood market is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable ex...

A Trendy St. Petersburg Park -- Courtesy of a Shadowy Benefactor

Rick Steves | Posted 11.24.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Back in the 1990s when the Soviet Union collapsed, the ownership of Russia passed from the state to the people through a well-intended but chaotic sys...

Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I was so impressed by the sightseeing in St. Petersburg that my filming plans were bumped up a notch. Before my visit I had thought "to express my fru...

You Know You've Been in Russia Too Long When...

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Steve Caron opened the first youth hostel in Russia in the early 1990s. I visited him back then and it was fun to visit again. Today, St. Petersburg h...

Snapshots from St. Petersburg

Rick Steves | Posted 11.20.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Trish and I went through the formalities on our ship so we could leave it in St. Petersburg, before the cruise ended in Copenhagen. We then caught a t...

The Expensive Reality of Russia's Tourist Visas

Rick Steves | Posted 11.19.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Unfortunately, Russia still requires a visa for tourists. It's expensive ($170-$250), you have to answer a slew of probing questions, and you're essen...

Some Insider Notes on Cruise Excursions

Rick Steves | Posted 11.13.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

Cruise lines make part of their profit by selling on-shore excursions. When chosen carefully, these day trips (lasting from 3 to 8 hours, costing $80 ...

This Gorgeous Lake Holds 1/5 of the Earth's Freshwater

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 08.28.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

In 2008, a Russian newspaper and TV channel held a massive competition to name the official "Seven Wonders of Russia." Topping the list was a place that few international tourists visit due to its remote location: the "Blue Eye of Siberia," the "Sacred Sea," sickle-shaped Lake Baikal.

A Guide to Moscow for American Whistleblowers

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.01.2013 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

I happen to be in Russia at the same time as Edward Snowden. I thought I would report on my experience and let him know what he may encounter now that he's leaving Sheremetyevo Airport and reportedly been granted one year asylum in Russia. It's almost as hard as finding your way out of Newark Airport.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sochi

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Travel

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just six months away. Whether you're planning on traveling to watch the games or are simply a fan of the world's...

10 Of The Least Tourist-Friendly Nation On Earth?

Posted 03.14.2013 | Travel

Some of these spots are beautiful, but you should still think twice about planning a visit.

Russian Meteor Makes Tourism Impact

Posted 03.02.2013 | Travel

Barely two weeks have passed since a meteor crashed into western Siberia, injuring more than 1,000 people and scaring pretty much everyone everywhere....

PHOTOS: A Day In The Life In The World's Coldest Inhabited Place

Posted 03.11.2013 | Travel

You think you're cold? The remote Russian town of Oymyakon (in the northeast corner of the country) has a weather forecast of -15°C for the next f...

Russia Eyes Crackdown On Duty Free Booze

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Travel

MOSCOW, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Russia may soon crack down to stop boozy flights after a spate of brawls involving drunken passengers. Stat...

PHOTOS: Sochi Becomes A Winter Destination

Posted 02.04.2013 | Travel

With a little over a year to go before the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, the Black Sea resort is still covered in scaffolding and construction equip...

Moscow's Hot Spots

Katherine Robinson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Travel
Katherine Robinson

Conveniently, some of the most amazing things in Moscow are all located in Red Square. St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and, of course, the Kremlin are all in easy walking distance of each other.