By Carissa Hickok
If you’re looking for a trip to take with your friends that will allow you to escape the routine of everyday life, look no further than Russia. This is a great place to go for families, couples, solo travelers and of course, friends. Forget all-inclusive island resorts, week-long cruises and spa trips. Think about doing something different that you will remember forever. Russia will allow you to create lifelong memories that you will treasure and cherish. Places such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Yekaterinburg are unbeatable destinations that you absolutely must visit.
Whether you are going with your best friend, or even a group of friends, you are going to find plenty to see, do and experience. The best way to really see Russia is to dive right into the culture. Here’s how…
Go to St. Petersburg. To start, the nightlife is spectacular. You can enjoy fine dining, art, and delicious food. But let’s not forget about what is sure to be the most memorable part of your trip to St. Petersburg - the Winter Palace (this is the city’s most famous building) and Kazan Cathedral. The architecture is not comparable to anything you’d see elsewhere. The history is absolutely fascinating – just do a bit of research on the Winter Palace, for instance, and you’ll be taken back to the early 1700s. Your friends will love learning about this location, snapping frame-worthy photos, and getting to know the people who live in this part of Russia.
Kazan Cathedral will take your breath away. It was built in the early 1800s to a gigantic scale – its garden, fountain and stone colonnade will leave you in awe. Experiencing St. Petersburg with friends is something you must do!
Visit Yekaterinburg. This is an area filled with museums, theatres, libraries and more. It has become quite popular with tourists. If you want to check out a lace dome, if you will, go to the Yekaterinburg Circus building. This is a place you don’t want to miss.
Kick back in Kazan.
Whether you consider yourself to be religious or not, you will want to explore the Temple of All Religions. This is situated near the Volga River, and it can be described as spiritual, colorful, original and even unusual. It isn’t necessarily a place in which you would spend a great deal of time, but it is certainly worth getting to experience at least once.
If you are looking for trip ideas, consider going to Russia with your friends. You will walk away feeling refreshed, knowledgeable and as if you stepped back in time – possibly back to the 1700s, depending on what you opt to do. There are plenty of activities, restaurants, comfortable rooms, architectural masterpieces and of course, there is so much history to experience. Go to Russia – you will love it!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.