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The low down on the latest and greatest in travel literature from National Geographic Traveler’s #TripLit guru, Don George.

As an American who grew up during the tail end of the Cold War, it was difficult to avoid developing a few stereotypes about Russia. Could it really be how it’s portrayed in popular culture–or how I imagined it? Now that I’ve been living in Sochi for nearly a month, let’s examine four preconceived notions I brought with me along with my luggage–and how they’ve panned out.

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It’s the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov (and 95th year since the murder of its last monarch, Nicholas II), and the family’s legacy remains indelible.

Moscow’s Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) is known for its political symbolism, but was actually named for its loveliness: Krasnaya, or “red,” meant “beautiful” in old Russian. Find out other fun facts about this architectural icon.

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Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons previews how her favorite hotels will be ringing in the new year.

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Husband-and-wife photography powerhouse Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg have been shooting for the National Geographic Society for years. They recently traveled to St. Petersburg to photograph the city for a recent Traveler feature. The magazine’s photo editor Krista Rossow caught up with the pair to get the behind-the-lens scoop about their shoot and how the city has changed since the Soviet era.

Russia in New York

The New York City metropolitan area has long been the leading gateway for Russian immigrants legally admitted into the U.S., and Russian Americans have left (and continue to create) an indelible mark on the city’s cultural and culinary personality. Here are a few places to get a taste of Russia in NYC.

For Nat Geo Travel Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your shoes and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places–and what to see along the way.

St. Petersburg: Then and Now

Uniform granite sidewalks along Nevsky Prospekt. Piles of freshly baked bread, meat and cheese, and oranges, tomatoes, and cucumbers in neighborhood markets. Posh boutiques. A trendy W Hotel!! These are not my memories of St. Petersburg, though that is what I’m seeing on this trip in 2011. When I last visited, in 1985, the communists…

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I Heart My City: Ksenia’s Moscow

Today’s I Heart My City comes from Intelligent Travel reader Ksenia Ryabukhina. Ksenia was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and still calls the city home today. Check out her insider tips to the city, then tell us what you love about Moscow in the comments section below. Moscow is My City The first place…

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Satisfying your craving for chocolate is easy, no matter where you are in the world. Discover five great cities to sample the world’s best chocolate, then dive into the history of the sweet at 10 world-class museums. [BootsnAll] The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will launch a “trusted traveler” pilot program this fall designed to shorten…

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is 450 years old today, and Russia is celebrating with a gift from Google: a doodle dedicated to the onion-domed structure.

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Next vacation, head West! Offering 188 road trip suggestions from Mount Hood to Big Bend and everywhere in-between, this bucket list of breathtaking journeys also offers the destination’s distance from Los Angeles and a handy fuel- cost calculator. Why not head to Arizona for a walk on The Wave? [LA Times] Celebrate the summer season…

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Ready for the ultimate rafting trip? ECHO River Trips’ “Rafting Siberia’s Kaa-Khem River,” one of Traveler’s 2011 Tours of a Lifetime, takes white water rafting to the next level. The 15-day tour features 9 straight days of powering through rapids on the Kaa-Khem River, located in the Sayany region of Siberia just north of the…

It’s 1,300 feet high, towering far above the elegant city laid out by Peter the Great, and four times higher than the maximum building limit established by city planners to preserve the architectural integrity of the czarist-era city. Developers of the controversial new Gazprom office building received the green light this week from the governor…

Are you a fan of polar bears? (Who isn’t?!) Well there’s some good news from our friends over at the NatGeo News Watch blog: Russia will create a new 3.7 million-acre (1.5 million-hectare) park in the Arctic, a central area for the Barents and Kara Sea polar bear populations, WWF said today. Announcing the park,…