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Drive Across the Deepest Lake in the World

Lake Baikal is so big it makes its own horizon, one not always visible in winter when the snow and clouds can blend with the lake’s ice, eliminating all perspective from the landscape. But what hope is there for proportion on a lake that holds 20 percent of the world’s (unfrozen) freshwater supply? Never mind…

My City: Moscow Now

Seeing the Kremlin at night always enthralls me, even after my 22 years in Moscow. The vista of brick towers and crenellated ramparts, so magnificent as to appear unreal, calls to mind an illuminated print from an old book of fairy tales. My sighting of Russia’s most famous (or infamous) fortress comes as my cab…

A Winter’s Tale: China’s Altay Mountains

Impassable but not impossible: National Geographic contributing writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through northwestern China’s Altay Mountains.

The Best New Travel Reads of Fall

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

Reflections From An American in Russia

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.

Today in Travel: Russia’s First Romanov

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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.

Fast Facts About Red Square

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.

Destination NYE: How Glam Hotels Welcome 2013

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

Behind the Lens: Cotton Coulson & Sisse Brimberg

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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.

Travels on the Run: In Peter the Great’s Footsteps

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…