Enigmatic. Intimidating. Fascinating. Boasting some of the most spectacular cities, churches, and fortresses on earth, wrapped in a culture that's as monolithic and xenophobic as ours, Russia is an exciting frontier for adventurous Western travelers. For the foreseeable future, however, the ethics and logistics of traveling there make Russia a no-go for most Westerners. Whenever these circumstances improve — hopefully sooner than later — travelers are likely to find what previous visitors already know: that Russia is invigorating, intoxicating, and undoubtedly worthwhile.