Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans, spans eleven time zones and ends less than 85 km from North America. It has a formidable pool of recreational resources, including natural landscapes of endless variety and inimitable beauty, monuments of history and cultural heritage, unique engineering structures, and unmatched cities, towns and smaller communities
Within its vast landscapes lie the largest freshwater lake in the world, rivers and forests teeming with fish and wildlife, awe inspiring volcanoes and towering mountains. Russia's scale is simply mind boggling with enormous tracts of land and its natural and cultural heritage waiting to be discovered.
The most famous natural tourist destination in Russia is Lake Baikal, named the Blue Eye of Siberia. This unique lake, oldest and deepest in the world, has crystal-clean waters and is surrounded by taiga-covered mountains.
Other popular natural destinations include Kamchatka with its volcanoes and geysers, Kareliawith its many lakes and granite rocks, Altai with its snowy mountains and Tyva with its wild steppes as well as the Republic of Adygea for Fish Mountain, Chechnya Republic for Lake Kezenoyam and Republic of Karelia for Ruskeala.