If you want to see the very best of Russia but don’t know where to begin then you should definitely start with the Golden Ring. This is classic Russia at it’s very best; a group of cities (yes, they do actually form a ring) showcasing gorgeous onion-shaped domes, colorful kremlins and gingerbread cottages. The best part is that they are all located close to Moscow and pretty easy to get to.
Featuring Russia’s oldest towns, the Golden Ring formed the core of eastern Kievan Rus. The beauty remains intact as they managed to somehow avoid industrialization during the Soviet period and today the various towns attract trigger-happy tourists with their cameras strapped looking for a scenic escape from Moscow.