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 its onetime rival (us), Russia is an exciting frontier for adventurous Western travelers. It is by no means an easy place to be a tourist — but for hardy travelers, Russia is invigorating, intoxicating, and undoubtedly worthwhile.