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In the middle of the night, after editing photos from Suzdal, I was plagued by the question - "why should an American tourist visit Russia?" What is unique or especially attractive about the country that justifies sitting on a plane for 10 - 13 hours to reach the other side of the world to see it? What does Russia have that we can't see in the USA? I've already stated why I like the country numerous times in this blog, but most ordinary vacationers aren't interested in psychological studies of a culture or its people. They work hard all year, and simply want to escape to a relaxing place with their spouse and children. In most Russian cities, the tourist attractions are the same - church, church, and more onion domed churches, coupled with an old Kremlin. Unless you're extremely religious, or a fan of architecture, these scenes grow boring and monotonous after a few days. The same can be said for the winter landscapes - snow, ice, and horrible walking conditions almost everywhere. Such scenes aren't appealing to the vast majority of humanity.

To me, the most unique thing in Russia is the amazing Lake Baikal (especially when it's frozen!), but even this location is difficult and expensive to reach. So, tell me, why should an American visit your country? What do you think is Russia's most appealing tourist sight for foreigners? I want to send your answers to some of my friends. Perhaps you can convince one of them to accompany me on my next journey to the country, because so far I've failed miserably in this mission.

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worobioff_ku
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
Действительно,зачем?
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know. :) That's why I asked you.
perycalypsis
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
I wonder why agent Fox Mulder landed to airport Krasnoyarsk , hitchhiked toward Tunguska and was taken to gulag camp /The X-Files Season 04 Episode 08/ Because of the cultural gap?
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wow! You even know the episode number and season! Impressive X-Files fan! :) The cultural gap between America and Russia is huge. Even with my Russian friends, there are sometimes problems in styles and forms of communication due to cultural distinctions.
sstrista
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Баня (зимняя, что бы после парилки прыгать в снег).

Edited at 2015-04-21 03:06 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, banya is great! But it's a very long way to fly to jump naked in the snow! ;)
beloborodoff
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
I think your are right. Russia is not the best place to spend a vocation. There is not much to see, unless you fan of Russsian culture. Russia is a bleak, cold und urly place. The image Hollywood use for russian and Russia is not a reality at all. Unless vodka, but you can byu same bottle in local store.

If you want to visit some East Europe country the Poland, Czechia, Ukraine would be the brst choice.
qi_tronic
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
"
Ukraine would be the brst choice.
"
They'll give you a Parabellum :))
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qi_tronic
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:08 pm (UTC)
No reason :)

But I'm not an avid traveller who wants to visit all countries in the World.
I have a special interest in spiritual practice and meditation and want to only visit some historical and sacred places to practice there.
Or just places with good climate and nice beaches to have a rest. :))

If you think like a manager you may write down some factors wich usually attract tourists.

Historical places, famous cultural places, unusual nature like national parks, beaches or mountains for skiing.
Also, low prices, prostitution, drugs :)

In Russia tourists mostly visit Moscow, St.Petersburg ans Golden Ring towns with all these onion domes.
And they are mostly pensioners who have already visited almost everything in their lives except "Mysterious Russia" :))
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're right and most foreign visitors are with big tour groups, not independent travelers. The country is intimidating to foreigners due to language barriers and the appearance of unfriendly/gloomy faces, which a Westerner never really understands at first. :) I don't consider "prostitution and drugs" as attractive tourist features. Probably a man thing, and I have no clue if prostitutes are cheap in Russia. What's the answer? I've seen only those women who stand in the middle of nowhere on the shoulders of the road, and I'm certain their earnings are very low.
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bopobyc
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'd say to experience something different. A lot of tourists are looking for that. It's called exotics. Now, if I'd scale Russia on an exotic scale, I'd put it somewhere in the middle, like if you've seen Asia, India, Africa, South America, then maybe, you want to visit Russia.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I agree - Russia is "exotic" in its own way and definitely only for the adventurous, esp. if you're traveling outside the major cities of Moscow and Peter.
nar_row
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
When I'm reading word "relaxing" I imagine something like warm sunny beaches. Which we don't have much. The Caucasus? The Ural Mountains? But not many people like mountaineering.

So... I don't know what to say.

Edited at 2015-04-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
Big mountains I can see in my own country. :) You're not a good ambassador for the Russian tourism committee! :)
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rankin_almst500
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
most of my american friends and colleagues would like to visit Saint Petersberg... other places in Russia - for those who like extreme...)
beloborodoff
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thers is no extreme is Russia. Believe me. Unless soaking dirt or snow is extreme for you.
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phd_paul_lector
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
the answer is, Why not?

There are many interesting cities and towns; everybody knows St.Petersburg and Moscow, but then, there are Pskov, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, small places like New Jerusalem (Novy Ierusalim), Dmirtov, Myshkin, Kolomna...

but again, Why not? :)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
What's interesting about the cities you mentioned? I've been to many Russian cities, big and small and they do not vary much.
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chuk_and_gek
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)

Навскидку- мой любимый санкт-петербург, особенно в белые ночи.
A propos!  В жж есть сообщество ru_travel,  там полно постов про "что есть посмотреть в россии"



Edited at 2015-04-21 03:29 pm (UTC)
mjol1nir
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Старая Европа уделывает Петербург как тузик грелку, имхо. Это я вам как петербужец говорю.
Для России Петербург, конечно, город №1 в архитектурном и культурном плане.
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pivovaroffs
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I don't think it worth visiting Russia from US for relaxing and entertainment (unless you have good friends here).
If you like to discover something new, there are some options:
- nature. I think that Volga river cruise would be good.
- mitilary and space museums and objects.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, from a historical perspective Russia is very interesting. But in the U.S., we have more diverse nature. There are no landscapes in Russia that I can't see right here in America. I can even see wonderful frozen lakes in Alaska, Minnesota and other parts of the North, but they will not be as big as Baikal. :)
pin_gwin
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
Going to Russia, particularly the way you do is not exactly a tourism, but rather a research of the world with a certain spiritual sense. It may have no reason at all. You just may like going there just because this is you.
My vision is that US and Russia are two major parts of common civilization, they yet to find the way to compliment each other rather then confront. And the way to do it goes through first hand experience. But than - it's not for everyone. Some may like going to Cancun.... and this is their full right.... Until they stop trusting politicians and media.

About Baikal - have you been in Duluth,MN? North Shore in winter or summer? It's comparably wild ... but much closer, and may be just 20 hours drive or so from DC. And Michigan's UP is also majestic.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
No, I've never been to Minnesota! Maybe you can be my guide this winter, and take me to the most wonderful frozen and snowy landscapes? :))
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mjol1nir
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
I have solved this question for myself like this. Russia has two advantages that cost to visit the country.
First, beautiful and various nature.
And second, beautiful and good girls and women.
If you don't like both you had better visit another country.
I think so. =)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
We have every type of nature in the USA - sea, mountains, desert...there is nothing nature wise that I can't see in my own country. About beautiful and "good" women - they exist everywhere. And, I'm not a lesbian! :) What about Russian men as a tourist attraction? Are they handsome, kind and loving? :)) I haven't met many that fall in this category.
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qi_tronic
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I listened to my favourite Country music channel on Yandex Music and when listening to "Crazy" by Patsy Cline I thought once again how close her voice and appearance to Russian folk singer Lyudmila Zykina.

I can easily imagine Zykina singing Country and Patsy Cline singing this song about Volga river :)

www. youtube. com/watch?v=gTU3dPAm0Ow
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
The singer has a great voice! Did you go to any country music concerts when you lived in the USA?
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g_kar
Apr. 21st, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
That really depends on a person - I think it's impossible to tell why ANY random citizen of country X should visit state Y :)

As you said, nature-lover (or photography enthusiast) probably will find a lot to do on Baikal (I visited that beautiful lake only 2 weeks ago - the sights are really great). Architecture student will enjoy old churches all over country or constructivist buildings in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and other cities. Lucky MBA graduate will enjoy an offer with 6 zeroes :) Railway fan will go crazy over a chance to ride from Moscow to Vladivostok - etc, etc,

Sadly, quite numerous group of tourists - the ones who worked all year long and now just want to lay on a beach under the sun for a fortnight - would be disappointed.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 21st, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, you just went to Lake Baikal? Was it still frozen? In this post, I'm speaking only about normal tourists setting out for their yearly vacation. Not hardcore travelers or adventurers. For the former, there is too much aggravation and frustration when traveling in Russia. For the latter (like me), it's the reason we go there. :)
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